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Animal Issues

Lakewood has two full time Animal Control Officers providing field services in Lakewood, Steilacoom and DuPont. Officers respond to aggressive and dangerous dogs, injured animals, stray or lost animals. Additionally, they handle barking dog complaints, dead animal removal, investigating reports of animal cruelty, kennel and pet shop inspections, and public education. Title 6 of the Lakewood Municpal Code covers animals.

If you need Animal Control assistance, call the City Animal Control Hotline at (253) 830-5010. All calls will be handled on a priority basis. For emergencies involving immediate threats to public safety or injured animals, call 911. If you are interested in getting or renewing an animal license, view the Animal Licensing Division for more information.

Threats to Public Safety

Threats include dogs running loose that have bitten a human, vicious or scared dogs running in traffic or in neighborhoods. Loose horses or livestock roaming in traffic are also a threat to public safety. An area patrol may be made for aggressive dogs but a formal complaint signed by a witness or witnesses is required for civil and criminal penalties. A complaint consists of the address of the owner of the animal, the owner's name and telephone number if possible, and a description of the incident to include a description of the animal or animals and the location where the incident occurred. A written complaint may be completed by calling the animal control officer to your home or by mailing a signed statement, including your name, address and telephone number, to Lakewood Animal Control, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.

Injured Animals

Injured animals should be called in to the on-duty animal control officer. After normal service hours, citizens should call 9-1-1.

Stray Animals

The animal control officer will pick up stray animals. However, pick-ups must be completed by 3:30 p.m. to allow the animal control officer ample travel time and processing at the shelter. If you are able to safely transport non-aggressive animals, you may bring animals directly to the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society Shelter located in Tacoma at 2608 Center St. Their telephone number is (253) 383-2733. Citizens may request a stray animal patrol if they know of a specific problem in their neighborhood. Please provide the description of the dog and the owner information if known.

Wildlife

Animal control officers will respond to private property for sick, injured, or deceased wildlife only. For nuisance wildlife issues please refer to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife .

Lost Pets

If your pet is lost or missing, you may contact us for assistance. We contract with the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society for shelter care; look under the lost and found link.

Barking Dogs

Barking dog complaints are handled by a petition process that requires a minimum of (3) complaining parties documenting dates, times and duration of a barking nuisance. A description of the dog, or dogs including the owner's name, address and telephone number is also required. A petition packet containing instructions and (3) statement forms is mailed to a complainant. The completed packet may be forwarded to animal control as previously mentioned. The officer will then contact the owner of the nuisance dog and issue a warning notice. Future documented disturbances may result in a declaration of a noise nuisance and hearings that could result in civil and or criminal penalties. A nuisance animal may be required to be removed from the City of Lakewood.

Other Complaints

Complaints involving dog bites to humans and animals, animal neglect, cruelty, abuse, or general nuisance problems such as trespass require one or more witnesses to file a written statement documenting the date, time, and location of the incident, animal description as well as the owner information if known. Completed statements can be forwarded to animal control as previously mentioned. A dog that has bitten a human must be captured and appropriately quarantined for a ten day period. Anonymous complaints can be made but any enforcement beyond a verbal warning requires the filing of a formal complaint. Complaints may be filed by calling the animal control officer to your home, by dropping off your statement at city hall or mailing the complaint to the previously mentioned police station address.

Animal Control Complaint Statement Form

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