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Washington State Animal Laws

Think you see animal cruelty?  You may be surprised what is legal and what is not.

IMAGE: King County animal control Sgt. David Morris responds to a animal cruelty complaint in Enumclaw, WA. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

King County animal control Sgt. David Morris responds to a animal cruelty complaint in Enumclaw, WA. (photo © Karen Ducey Photography)

 

Rights for are not included the U.S. Constitution so it falls primarily to the states, counties and cities to create and enforce their own animal protection laws.  This includes animal cruelty or neglect towards animals, as well as, violent acts committed by animals towards humans. All laws treat animals as property and therefore legal protection for them is less than for humans.

Federal laws include the Animal Welfare Act, 1966, which focuses on warm blooded animals used in animal research facilities,  protections against the use of interstate shipment of animals, or animals used in illegal fighting ventures.

 

Washington state Animal Cruelty Laws

Chapter 16.52 RCW

Washington state Animal and Livestock Laws

Title 16 RCW

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Animal Resources

 

Washington state County Codes :

Benton County, Animals, Title 2

Chellan County, Animal Control, Chapter 7.40, 1.20.765

Clallam County  Animals, Title 17

Clark County, Animals, Title 8

Columbia County

Cowlitz County, Animals and Agriculture, Title 6

Douglas County, Animals, Title 6

Franklin County

Grant County

Grays Harbor County, Barking Dogs

Island County

Jefferson County

King County Animal Care and Control laws, Title 11

Kitsap County

Kittitas County

Klickitat County

Lewis County, Animals, Title 6

Lincoln County

Mason County, Animals, Title 4

Okanogan County, Animals, Title 6

Pacific County,Animals, page 93

Pierce County  Animals, Title 6

San Juan County

Skagit County

Skamania County

Snohomish Animal Code Animals, Title 9

Spokane County

Thurston County

Walla Walla County

Whatcom County

Whitman County

Yakima County

Washington state City Codes

City codes can be found on the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington