What You Need to Know About Spokane Animal Control

Animal Control What You Need to Know About Spokane Animal Control

How to Contact Spokane Animal Control

Animal control issues in the city and county of Spokane, WA, are overseen by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, or SCRAPS.

SCRAPS or Spokane Animal Control is responsible for enforcing laws and ordinances related to animal protection as they are found in the Spokane County Code, the City of Spokane Municipal Code, and the Revised Code of Washington. 

If you have a concern related to a domestic animal, you can contact SCRAPS to get assistance in dealing with the issue. Sometimes, however, the process isn't all that easy and you may find yourself looking for backup from a knowledgeable third party such as a lawyer knowledgeable about dog bites. The good news is now you have such a knowledgeable third party: DoNotPay.

About the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service

SCRAPS states that its mission is "building a more humane community, protecting public safety and ensuring animal welfare through the compassionate, responsive, and professional enforcement of laws and public policies."

Services offered by SCRAPS include pet adoption, lost and found, pet licenses, and animal protection. 

SCRAPS Location, Hours, and Contact Details

Below is information on how you can contact SCRAPS in person, by phone, or by email. 

Address6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, WA  99212
Phone NumberNon-emergencies: (509) 477-2532

Emergencies: (509) 477-2533

EmailSCRAPS@spokanecounty.org
HoursMondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursdays: Closed

Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm

What Animal Protection Services Do SCRAPS Offer?

SCRAPS offers numerous services related to animal protection. These include the following:

  • Rescue sick, injured, abused, neglected, and abandoned animals.
  • Investigate reports of animal cruelty or neglect.
  • Return home (whenever possible) or impound stray animals.
  • Respond to reports of animals at large and threats to people or other animals.
  • Investigate animal bites, perform dangerous dog inspections, and assist with dangerous dog registrations.
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies with animal-related matters.
  • Issue citations for infractions and misdemeanors.
  • Testify as expert witnesses in court cases.
  • Educate community members regarding relevant laws and proper animal care.
  • Conduct kennel inspections and issue kennel licenses.
  • Perform inherently dangerous mammal and reptile inspections and registration.
  • Pick up deceased animals.

Spokane County Animal Laws

Spokane has several animal laws that it's important to keep in mind, whether you are a pet owner, a neighbor, or a visitor on the pet owner's property. Some of these laws are as follows:

  1. Pet licensing. Required within 30 days of acquisition of a pet or when the pet reaches 6 months old. The license must be attached to a collar and worn by the pet at all times.
  2. Animals at large. Dogs must be kept on your property or confined to a leash when off your property. Cats may not wander off your property without being spayed or neutered and may not enter others' property without permission.
  3. Disturbing pedestrians. Dogs may not disturb pedestrians by snarling, barking, growling, or jumping at or on them.
  4. Dangerous animals. Any animal that attacks, bites, or threatens a person or another animal without provocation may be considered dangerous. Any owner of an animal deemed dangerous by SCRAPS will be subject to special restrictions.

What Do I Do If I've Been Bitten By an Animal in Spokane?

If you are bitten by an animal in Spokane, it is important to notify SCRAPS as soon as possible. Upon receiving your report, an animal protection officer will:

  1. Attempt to impound or otherwise restrain the dog at least until the owner has been located.
  2. In appropriate cases, deem the animal "dangerous" and impound it in the name of public safety.
  3. Quarantine the animal for a 10-day rabies observation period.

How to Report Dog Bites in Spokane on Your Own

If you have been bitten by a dog in Spokane, you will likely want to make a report to SCRAPS. Call SCRAPS to report the incident. 

It is important to note though that SCRAPS' responsiveness will likely depend on how urgent they view your situation to be. They state on their website, " Your complaint is entered into a dispatch call log, prioritized based on urgency, and assigned to an animal protection officer for timely handling."

So it is entirely possible that Spokane Animal Control will not be as timely in their response to your complaint as you would like.

Of course, you can also consider other routes to dealing with a dog bite in Spokane. For example, you could:

  • Talk to the dog owner to express your concerns and request compensation for any medical treatment you had to seek
  • Pursue reimbursement in small claims court.
  • Sue for damages for your dog bite.

Why Use DoNotPay to Help With Spokane Animal Control Issues

The options mentioned above can all be very time-consuming, and you may not be sure how to navigate all the steps correctly. Luckily, though, now DoNotPay can do the hard work of dealing with your animal control issues in Spokane for you. 

How to report an animal-related incident on DoNotPay:

If you want to report an animal-related injury but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.

     

  2. Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.

     

  3. Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).

     

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DoNotPay isn't limited to helping you with animal control issues in Spokane. It can help you understand laws related to animal control and dog bites at both the local and state level across the country. Below are just a few of the animal-related topics that we can tackle for you:

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