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If you have a life-threatening situation involving both humans and animals, please call the Seattle Police Department at 911.
CALL 386-PETS (7387)
The Seattle Animal Shelter is responsible for enforcing the laws and codes involving animals within the City of Seattle. When calling to report an incident, please have as much information as possible including description of animal and owner, address of owner, and/or license plate of owner. Our officers respond to calls and complaints regarding:
Enforcement of laws and ordinances relating to animals
Laws and ordinances enforced by the Seattle Animal Shelter may be found in the Seattle Municipal Codes section.
Dangerous or menacing animals
If you or your pet have been victims of aggressive behavior displayed by another animal, call us immediately at (206) 386-7387. If you have a life-threatening situation involving both humans and animals, call 911.
Reports of dangerous or menacing animals will be investigated by our officers. Statements from the victim, owner and any witnesses will be taken. Proof of rabies vaccination may be required. The animal may be quarantined and/or impounded. Citations and/or criminal charges may result.
Injured or dead animals (including wildlife)
Injured or dead animals can be picked up by our staff. Dead wildlife under 15 pounds can be double-bagged and placed in your garbage can.
Animal welfare or cruelty
Animal cruelty includes abandonment of a pet, physical abuse, failure to provide food, water, shelter or veterinary care, fighting of animals, putting animals in a situation that causes distress (i.e. a hot car) or keeping an animal in unsanitary conditions. If you are concerned for the welfare of an animal, contact us immediately at (206) 386-7387.
Officers will investigate the situation. Depending on the nature of the case, officers may impound the animal or give the owner a time period to come into compliance. Citations and/or criminal charges may result.
Stray and abandoned pets
Animals roaming off their property or animals that are abandoned can be picked up by our staff. The leash law does not apply to cats and pigeons, so we cannot respond to calls of roaming cats. If possible, please bring a stray or abandoned pet to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Click here for hours and location.
Failure to scoop pet waste
Animal waste must be removed immediately from public property or property not owned by the pet owner. Additionally, pet waste must be scooped every 24 hours from the pet owner’s property.
Failure to leash a pet (cats and pigeons excluded)
All pets, except cats and pigeons, are required to be on-leash when off their property. Click here to learn how we respond.
Property damage caused by pets
Cats, dogs and other pets that cause property damage to public or private property can be reported to the shelter. Click here to learn how we respond.
Surrendering a pet
Un-licensed dogs, cats, miniature goats or pot-bellied pigs
All dogs, cats, miniature goats and pot-bellied pigs are required to have a Seattle pet license. Click here to go to licensing information.
Unreasonable animal noise
Animals that make unreasonable noise can be reported to the shelter. Unreasonable noise includes loud and raucous, and frequent, repetitive, or continuous sounds made by any animal. Click here to how we respond.
Animal-related disaster response
Our Humane Animal Law Enforcement Officers work seven days a week to ensure human and animal safety within our city. Please call us at (206) 386-7387 to speak with a staff member.