What can be done about my neighbors barking dog?
We strongly suggest that neighbors speak to each other prior to involving Animal Control Officers in an effort to reach a reasonable alternative. If those efforts are unsuccessful or it is unsafe to contact the dog owner, the City of Edmonds uses a nuisance petition process to document a barking dog noise disturbance.
The ordinance prohibits barking or oral noises from any animal that disturbs a neighbor or neighborhood to an unreasonable degree. The petition requires a minimum of three witnesses from different households. The "unreasonable degree" of noise is determined on a case by case basis. After receipt of the petition and accompanying statements, an Animal Control Officer will contact the animal owner and could issue a Notice of Violation and Order to Abate. The animal owner is entitled to a civil Appeal Hearing with the Edmonds Municipal Court Judge. All witnesses on the petition must appear at the hearing to give testimony if subpoenaed.
If the Judge upholds the Abatement Order, or the animal owner does not file an appeal, the Abatement Order is in effect forever. Should the noise nuisance continue after the Abatement Order is in effect, the animal owner could be served with a Criminal Misdemeanor citation for Failure to Abate a Nuisance which is subject to a monetary fine, possible removal of the animal and other judicial punishments.
What should I do if I lose or find someone's pet?
All stray animals are cared for at the Adix Bed & and Bath for Dogs and Cats here in the City of Edmonds. They are the contracted animal care facility for both Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. You can find them at 21100 72nd Ave W to look for your lost pet.
If you have found a pet, you must call 9-1-1 for an Animal Control Officer to pick the animal up and check it into the Adix kennel facility. They do not accept stray animals from the public.
Animal Control Officers can help you look for your animal. Leave a message on the Animal Control voice mail describing the animal and phone numbers to contact you if we find the animal. You can also call 9-1-1 if you need an officer to immediately respond to your neighborhood. Remember, the officers will prioritize the calls through the dispatch center responding to the most serious public safety calls first.
The PAWS Animal Shelter in Lynnwood receives animals found outside the city limits. It is best to go in person to PAWS at 15305 44th Ave W and their phone number is 425-787-2500. Both the Everett Animal Shelter and the King County Animal Control facilities should also be contacted since animals could travel into their service areas. The phone number for Everett is 425-257-6000 and King County is 206-296-PETS.
Can unclaimed animals be adopted?
Animals without identification like an identification tag, microchip or license are held for at least 72 hours or 3 days. Those animals with identification are held for 10 days.
After the hold period is over, the animals are up for adoption and placed into new homes through the Adix kennel facility. Unfortunately some animals are not suitable for adoption for a variety of reasons, such as aggression, age or medical problems, and must be euthanized by the Animal Control Officers at the Edmonds Police Department to make more room for incoming strays.
The Adix kennel facility charges a nominal adoption fee. The City of Edmonds charges an additional fee in compliance with the spay and neuter ordinance (EMC 5.05.030 and EMC 5.05.127). If you are interested in adopting a new pet, you can look at the animals at Petfinder.com under the Edmonds Animal Control webpage. The phone number for Adix Bed & Bath for Dogs and Cats is 425-778-7026. Although they adopt animals into new homes, they DO NOT accept “owner release” animals turned in by their owners because they can no longer care for them. This is a service provided by local animal shelters only. The Adix kennel facility is for animals received by Animal Control Officers only. Please contact PAWS or one of the other local shelters that specialize in rehoming unwanted pets.
What are the Edmonds parks that allow dogs?
The following eight City of Edmonds parks are open to dogs and their handlers on the designated trails only. Both leash and scoop laws are strictly enforced and must be observed when using these Parks: Yost Park, Maplewood Park, Pine Ridge Park, Sierra Park, City Park (southeast wooded area only), Mathay-Ballinger Park, Seaview Park and South Marina Beach Park where dogs are allowed off leash in the designated dog park. [Click Here]
to visit City of Edmonds Parks page for locations.
What are the rules at the Off Leash Dog Park?
While this park is an area where you can let your dog run free and off the leash, you are expected to be a responsible dog owner attending to your pet’s behavior.
- Carry a leash with you at all times so you can restrain your dog if necessary or gain control if other dogs are out of control.
- Bring a plastic bag to pick up after your dog. Generally the volunteers with Off Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.) have bags stationed at the front gate but they do run out.
- Monitor your dog’s behavior. Dogs of all sizes can safely play together but remember many dogs may be at the park for the first time and they may not know how to play socially with unfamiliar dogs at first. The very reason you need to always have a leash with you.
- Do not bring your aggressive dog. This should go without saying.
Civilian volunteers from O.L.A.E. are often in the park giving educational advice and helping to remind park users to be responsible dog owners. They are not affiliated with the Edmonds Police Department or the City of Edmonds but if necessary, they will call 9-1-1 for a law enforcement officer to resolve a problem.
What are the licensing fees and where do I license my animals?
Currently cat licenses are optional and are purchased by some people as a form of identification. The onetime lifetime fee is $5.00. This could change in the near future with the Edmonds City Council considering an ordinance change.
Dog licenses are mandatory for residents in the City of Edmonds. The annual fee is $5.00 for a neutered male/spayed female and $18.00 for an unaltered animal. All adult dog licenses expire on December 31st for that licensing year.
A temporary puppy license is required for dogs under six months of age. The cost is $5.00 and the license is valid until the dog is six months old.
Senior citizens, age 65 years and older, can purchase a $3.00 dog license for neutered/spayed dogs only.
New dog licenses go on sale November 1st for the coming year. The signature of the dog owner on the license application verifies proof of neutering/spaying.
Service animals are issued a Permanent license at no charge.
Animal licenses can be purchased at the Edmonds Police Department during regular business hours, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. At this time, the City of Edmonds Police Department is not set up to process animal license fees on the internet with an online payment. If you wish to purchase a license by mail, please call the Animal Control voice mail at 425-771-0205.
Coyotes, Opossum, Raccoons, Marine & Other Wildlife
Animal control may respond to calls concerning small injured or sick wildlife and marine mammals. If possible, the animal may be transported to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood for treatment based on officer availability.
Information about handling and transporting small wildlife animals can be obtained by calling the knowledgeable wildlife staff at 425-787-2500.
As wildlife loses their habitat they are forced to roam our neighborhoods seeking food, water, and shelter. Many of the nocturnal animals, such as coyotes, opossums and raccoons, are frequently seen during daylight hours in the Spring and Fall months.
We must find ways to peacefully co-exist with wildlife. Remove food sources from around the exterior of your home by not feeding pets outdoors. Safeguard your pets to avoid a chance meeting with a coyote or raccoon. Clean areas in and around woodpiles and sheds to avoid providing shelter for wildlife.
Animal Control Officers primarily handle domesticated animals such as dogs and cats. Nuisance and threatening wildlife problems such as coyote, bear, and cougar sightings should be reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 425-775-1311 since specialized wildlife equipment and handling procedures are used with these animals.
What are the hours of Animal Control?
Normal business hours for Animal Control are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m
., seven days per week. After hours the police patrol officers provide responses to calls when citizens call 9-1-1.
The Animal Control Officers also handle parking enforcement, abandoned vehicles, illegal dumping, and littering complaints in addition to providing Animal Control services to the City of Mountlake Terrace.
The best way to report a violation or problem animal is through the 9-1-1 dispatch center since the Animal Control Officers are out in the community and not in an office next to a phone. A voice mailbox is available for messages with phone number 425-771-0205. It is checked frequently for messages and return calls are made as soon as possible throughout the day.
What happens when a dog bites a human or another animal?
The biting animal must be reported as soon as possible by calling 9-1-1. If the animal is running at large, it needs be captured and quarantined.
The ten-day quarantine generally takes place at the dog owner's home. Animal Control verifies rabies vaccination records with the owner. Rabies has not been a problem in this region for many years and the quarantine procedures, as required by the Health Department, are strictly precautionary. Quarantined animals must be separated from other humans and animals not normally in contact with the biting animal.
Under the Dangerous Dog Law of Washington State (enacted in 1987), a dog that bites a human or an animal, unprovoked, is considered a Potentially Dangerous Dog. A dog residing in the City of Edmonds involved in such an attack will be deemed "Potentially Dangerous". There is no appeal process for a dog owner in this case. If the same dog bites a second time, the dog will be deemed a "Dangerous Dog".
The following requirements must be met to maintain and keep each Dangerous Dog within the city limits of Edmonds: an annual $100.00 Dangerous Dog registration fee, a $250,000.00 insurance bond or liability coverage, a secure kennel meeting state law specifications, the dog must be muzzled and leashed when outside the kennel or off the owners property, and multiple signs posted on the property warning the public about the Dangerous Dog. The dog owner has the right to a civil Appeal Hearing, prior to the enactment of the Dangerous Dog requirements. All witnesses mentioned in the case will be required to appear at the hearing and give testimony.
Leash and Scoop Law?
Is there a leash law or control law as well as a scoop law in Edmonds?
A strict control and scoop law applies to all animals (with the exception of cats) in the City of Edmonds. All animals must be controlled with a leash while off their property or be prevented from leaving their property with a fence or other property securing devices such as an invisible fence or appropriate enclosures to prevent them from running at large.
If a leash is used, then it must be no longer than eight feet in length and have a person capable of controlling the animal at the other end. In addition, a person walking any animal must have a bag, scoop, or other device to remove feces for eventual disposal of the waste. An Animal Control Officer must view leash and scoop law violations for animals running at large in order to take immediate enforcement action.
One Animal Control Officer is on duty to handle calls in the City of Edmonds each day. Citizens need to contact Animal Control by dialing 9-1-1 to report dogs running at large utilizing the police dispatch center. The officer will patrol the neighborhood as soon as possible in an attempt to impound the animal. Officers must prioritize calls for service from the 9-1-1 center based on public safety for both people and animals. For example, a request for a dog running at large may wait while the officer handles a more serious call such as an injured animal or a dog bite call with the biting animal still at large.
All small animals (with the exception of cats) running at large and not posing a public safety threat can be reported to the Animal Control voice mail at 425-771-0205. Repeated trespass complaints concerning the same animal may also be dealt with through the nuisance abatement and petition process as mentioned for barking dog complaints. Three witnesses will also be required for trespass nuisances.