|Anacortes Police - Animal Control|
Services Provided by Community Service Officer Zabrina Nybo
To contact Animal Control
Immediate problems call 911. For ongoing issues you can contact dispatch at 360-428-3211. Officer Nybo is available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 PM. After those hours, calls are handled by Patrol Officers, if necessary.
Lost and Found Animals
Please report lost or found animals through dispatch by calling 360-428-3211. Found dogs will be picked up by the Animal Control Officer or an available Patrol Officer.
Before an animal may be released from the city pound the following fees must be paid to the Anacortes Police Department:
Note that all redemption fees are the obligation of the owner even if the animal is abandoned or relinquished.
All dogs within the City of Anacortes over 16 weeks of age are required have a current City of Anacortes dog license. All licenses expire December 31st of every year, no matter the date of purchase. They are available for purchase at City Hall in the Finance Department or at the Anacortes Police Department. Note that written proof from your veterinarian's office of a current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter (when applicable) are required. A serially numbered metal license tag will be issued and should be placed securely on your dog's collar.
2017 Licensing fees:
Maximum number of animals allowed per dwelling unit
Hobby Kennel License
In the City of Anacortes we offer the option of applying for a Hobby Kennel License. They are defined as a noncommercial kennel at, or adjoining a private residence, where up to six adult dogs (over 16 weeks of age) are bred and/or kept for hunting, training, exhibition for organized shows, field, working, obedience trials or for enjoyment of the species. See AMC 6.04.055 for further details.
There is a leash law within the city limits of Anacortes. Any time a dog or miniature pig is off the owner’s property, it must be restrained by a physical control device (leash no longer than 15’ or carrying cage). This applies to all sidewalks, streets, private property, beaches, schools, and parks (with the exception of posted off-leash dog parks).
The City of Anacortes has an animal noise control ordinance that applies 24 hours a day. It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow to originate from the property frequent, repetitive, or continuous howling, barking or other noises made by any animal covered in this chapter which disturbs the peace and quiet of the surrounding area. See AMC Title 6 for more information.
Dog owners are required to immediately pick up fecal matter deposited by their dog on public or private property before leaving the immediate area. They must then properly dispose of it as well. Additionally, it is unlawful for any owner or keeper to allow animal waste to accumulate on said owner’s or keeper’s property to the extent that neighbors are adversely affected by odor or runoff.
Animal Cruelty / Neglect
If you suspect animal cruelty / neglect, call and report it to 9-1-1. An Officer will investigate. Documenting what you have observed can help that investigation.
Animal Bites /Attacks
All animal bites to a human must be reported to Animal Control. If a person is bitten by an animal, provide the appropriate first aid and call 9-1-1. An Officer will respond to take a report, determine the animal involved, contact the animal owner and determine what action needs to be taken.
Animal Control Officers do not handle nuisance wildlife complaints. If you are having a problem with raccoons, skunks or other small animals, you have a few options. First is the USDA Wildlife Services, which can be privately contracted out to assist homeowners with trapping and disposal of nuisance wildlife. For more information visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/sa_program_overview
The second option, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCO), are trained and regulated by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. They provide assistance for services that Fish and Wildlife do not have the staffing and/or funding to provide itself. Because NWCO’s are private businesses, they normally charge a fee for their services. The full list, including Skagit County, can be found online here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance/nwco.php
Another great resource for living with all wildlife is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/
Disaster Planning If a disaster struck today, what would happen to your pet? Your family plan should include your pets too! These are things you can do now to prepare:
Keeping of Hens
The keeping of hens is permitted within the City of Anacortes, with specific guidelines. Note that roosters are prohibited. You may keep up to a maximum of six hens (with the exception of R1 zone which may have up to 12 hens). See AMC 6.10.010 for additional information.
For more information on hoofed animals (horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, bovine animals, sheep, goats, etc.) see AMC 6.14.
Animal owners who are in violation of an animal municipal code may be issued a civil infraction and, in some cases, a criminal citation. The following infraction fee schedule applies within a 12 month period: