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The Animal Control Officer scans for a microchip; if none is found, the pet's details are shared on the Monroe Police Department's social media. If no owner comes forward, the pet goes to a kennel or the Everett Animal Shelter. Owners must pay impound/kennel fees for retrieval. Unclaimed pets may be adopted through the Everett Animal Shelter.
In November 2023, the City Council voted to eliminate pet licensing requirements for cats and dogs in Monroe, making licenses no longer necessary for city residents.
Civil infractions may be applied for off-leash incidents, dog bites, or failure to clean up pet waste. Responsible pet ownership is encouraged by way of enforcement and education.
When there's a complaint about animal noise, Animal Control informs both the complainant and the owner about the noise codes. According to the code, animals shouldn't make loud noises for more than 10 minutes continuously or 30 minutes intermittently. The owner is asked to address the complaint, and if the noise persists and is verified by an officer, an infraction may be issued.
Keep your yard secure, talk with family members about preventing escapes, get your dog neutered, and consider using technology like GPS for constant tracking. Also, consulting with a professional can be helpful in effectively managing your dog's behavior.
If your dog has been labeled potentially dangerous or dangerous by the city, you still need to follow Monroe municipal code 8.04.055. Check it out at this link: https://monroe.municipal.codes/MMC/8.04.055
In Washington State, rabies vaccinations are mandatory. You can find more details by clicking on this link: https://app.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-100-197.
Dogs must be leashed, except for those trained to obey a verbal heel command in city parks. Allowing dogs to run at large may lead to an infraction. Outdoor roaming cats must be altered.