Yes , even indoor pets must be licensed. Pets frequently escape from homes. A license will help ensure its safe return. And, pet licensing is the law. Don't risk an infraction.
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Animal Cruelty occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.
Here are some signs that may indicate abuse or neglect:
See RCW 16.52 for more information.
Solutions are not simple. Animal Control can’t just take the dog. To issue a ticket to the dog owner, several steps must be followed. It takes time, your cooperation, and quite a bit of paperwork. If the barking dog belongs to your neighbor, please talk with your neighbor. Believe it or not, many people don’t realize that their dog barks. If positive results are not achieved by your friendly visit, call your Animal Control authority. Animal noise is not an emergency. You will likely be asked to leave a voice mail complaint. Leave a message that includes your complete name, your address, the address of the barking dog, the owner’s name, and a description of the dog. We do not take anonymous calls.
The services areas listed below aren’t participating in this project. But, you probably still need to license your pet. We recommend that you call the appropriate number and ask about pet licensing in your area. And, encourage your city to participate in PierceCountyPets.org!