Report an Animal Nuisance
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All dogs bark. However, when barking becomes a neighborhood nuisance, there are steps you can take to address the problem. Following the steps below will give you the best chances of achieving a quiet, happy neighborhood.
1. Understand the law
A dog that barks for at least 10 minutes during any half hour period is in violation of Snohomish County Code 9.12.060.
2. Start by talking to the pet owner
- Explain what’s happening and ask them to work with you to find a solution. Consider giving them an owner notification letter (PDF) and How to Prevent Nuisance Barking (PDF) tip sheet.
- Many barking dog problems are solved at this step without needed to involve Animal Services at all!
3. Document the ongoing issue
- If speaking with the owner directly does not resolve the issue or the owner is not approachable, document the ongoing issue for at least 7 days using the Barking Dog Complaint Form (PDF).
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- Documentation is essential for Animal Control Officers to find the owner in violation of Snohomish County Code.
4. Share your documentation with Animal Services
- Email the completed Barking Dog Complaint Form (PDF) (keeping a copy for your records) to Snohomish County Animal Services at email@example.com.
- You will be contacted by the Animal Services Coordinator who will provide you with a case number. Please hold on to this case number as you will need it to escalate enforcement should the barking continue.
- Animal Services will issue a warning to the dog owner.
Leash laws protect dogs and people. Dogs on a leash are less likely to:
- Be hit by cars
- Bite or injure people or other animals
- Be bitten or injured by other animals
- Eat or drink things that can make them sick
- Harm local wildlife
1. Understand the law
In unincorporated Snohomish County, all dogs must be leashed when off the owner’s premises under Snohomish County Code 9.14.030. A first time offense can result in a $100 fine.
2. Report violations
Complete the online Animal Complaints form (select “Nuisance Dogs” as the complaint type). Animal Services will investigate the complaint.