King County tightening the leash on unlicensed pets

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by VANESSA VAN HYFTE / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 30 at 12:27 PM

SEATTLE - King County Animal Control is enforcing a no-tolerance policy on unlicensed cats and dogs. 

Owners with unlicensed pets that are spayed/neutered will receive a $150 penalty.  If your animal is unaltered the fine is $250.  

The new enforcement ordinance applies to indoor and outdoor pets.  Seniors will receive a discounted rate of $15 per pet license.  Service animals are exempt. 

King County animal control officers estimate there are more than 400,000 unlicensed pets in the county.  The license provides the animal with some benefits, including better identification and protection.  Your pet will get a longer care period at county animal shelters.  Officers will also give lost pets a one-time free ride home, skipping a trip to the shelter. 

"We are taking this seriously.  We will be canvassing random neighborhoods and knocking on doors to check your pet license.  We will also do random checks at dog parks," said Christine Lange with King County Animal Control. 

For more details and to get a license on-line, go to King County's licensing page.  You can also get a pet license application at many area QFC's.

 

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