Listed below is a summary of the City of Lynden animal ordinances which apply to most pet owners. For more information on these and other animal control ordinances, please contact Lynden Animal Control at the Lynden Police Department.
Every dog over the age of four months must be licensed and wear the license tag on its collar or harness. This includes EVERY DOG whether it is kept indoors or out. Licenses are valid for a period of one year from the date of purchase. Proof of RABIES VACCINATION is required.
License fees are:
- Unsterile……………………..$30.00 per year
- Neutered or spayed…………$15.00 per year
If your dog bites someone, approaches and chases people or inflicts severe harm, it may be declared a dangerous dog and be subject to confiscation, or you may be required to meet confinement regulations.
You may have no more than three of any species of common household pets, four months of age or older, per dwelling. Pigs and roosters are not allowed within the city limits.
REASONS FOR IMPOUND
- Animal running at large and/or no license.
- Animal bite
- Dangerous dogs
If your dog is off your property and not under your immediate control by means of a leash, cord, or chain no longer than eight feet, it will be considered “at large”.
If your animal bites someone, breaking the skin of that person, you must report this to Animal Control at 360-354-2828. Also, the animal must be quarantined for ten days, either at the owner’s residence or at a shelter at the owner’s expense.
It is unlawful to own or keep an animal which unreasonably annoys or disturbs others with frequent or habitual barking, howling, yelping, or crying.
Barking Dog Municipal Code
It is unlawful for any person to knowingly subject any animal to inhumane treatment. It must be provided with adequate shelter, food and water.
DOG IN HEAT
It is unlawful for the owner or peron in charge of any dog in heat to keep such dog in a location where it is accessible to male dogs.
The nuisance and/or littering ordinances may generally apply to pets and their owners as follows:
- Excessive or untimely barking.
- Molesting or chasing passers-by.
- Chasing vehicles.
- Attacking other domestic animals.
- Depositing excretory matter on public or private property.