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What Pet Owners Should Know

Whether you know or understand this information or not, you can be arrested and charged with a crime if you violate these laws

 

Animal Cruelty is a Crime

Unwanted Pets

n If you are permanently leaving Pullman and do not want to take your pet with you, or you are staying in Pullman, and no longer want your pet... take it to the Animal Shelter at 635 NW Guy Street in Pullman (hours: 1:00 pm-5:30 pm Mon-Sat except holidays). Call the Whitman County Humane Society at 334-0802 if you have questions. There are other agencies that can also take your unwanted pet, check the "Unwanted-Homeless Pets" section on PullmanUSA's Pet Health & Welfare page

Abandoning or "Dumping" Pets is a Crime

n It is illegal to abandon or "dump" any domesticated animal or wild animal kept as a pet, whether it is left inside a vacant house or apartment, left in an abandoned car, or turned loose inside or outside the city limits. You can, and very well may, be prosecuted under City AND State laws, and may be fined up to $1,500* and/or be sentenced to 90 days in jail. You may be indicted of this crime even if you are no longer a resident of Pullman

City of Pullman, City Code, Title 9, Chapter 9.20, Section 130 (9.20.130) and the Revised Codes of Washington, Title 16, Chapter 16.54, Section 010 (RCW 16.54.010). Read plain-text summary of these laws

*A combined amount: City fine: $500, State fine: $1,000

n You may also be found guilty of leaving your abandoned or dumped pet without food and water, and could be fined an additional $1,000 and/or be sentenced to an additional 90 days in jail under the laws of the State of Washington

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.100

n Note that 98% of all domesticated pets dumped in the wheat fields or along the highway, fall prey to coyotes, cougars or speeding cars. Domestic animals have a different physiology than wild animals - most will not survive on the streets. Smaller abandoned pets such as cats, rabbits, and hampsters easily fall prey to raccoons. Don't doom your pet to death or a cold lonely life under a dumpster

Animal Neglect is a Crime

n It is illegal to deprive any animal of FRESH food and water for 36 or more consecutive hours when that animal is confined in a building, vehicle, pen, cage, or yard, or physically restrained by a chain, rope or any other restraint. If you neglect an animal in any similar manner you may be fined $1,000 and/or be sentenced to 90 days in jail. You may also be found guilty of second degree animal cruelty and face additional fines and jail time

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.207

n If you fail to provide your pet with proper shelter, rest, sanitation, ventilation, space, and/or medical attention you may, at minimum, be found guilty of second degree animal cruelty

n You may be found guilty of second degree animal cruely if you leave your pet outside for long periods of time without proper shelter. Domesticated animals can easily die in below-freezing temperatures. It happens every winter in Pullman. Do NOT leave your dog, cat, rabbit, or any other domesticated animal, or wild animal confined to a cage, outside at night. The only exception is if you provide a heat pad in a dog house that has 3 solid walls, a solid floor off the ground, a solid roof, and a closeable door or flap

n If your safety is not threatened, you may be found guilty of first or second degree animal cruely if you fail to evacuate an animal from a burning building, and/or fail to provide an escape route for an animal trapped inside a building. TIP: If you are unable to physically carry an animal out, open all doors between the animal and the outside

Animal Cruelty is a Crime

n If you knowingly inflict suffering or pain on a domesticated or wild animal, at minimum, you may be found guilty of second degree animal cruelty

n If you purposefully inflict pain upon, or cause physical injury to, a domesticated or wild animal, you may be found guilty of first degree animal cruelty - a felony - and you may be arrested, fined up to $10,000 and/or be sentenced to 5 years in a State prison.

n If you kill a domesticated or wild animal in a manner that causes undue suffering, you may be found guilty of first degree animal cruelty - a felony - and you may be arrested, fined up to $10,000 and/or be sentenced to 5 years in a State prison

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.205

Animal Fighting & Animal Baiting are Crimes

n If you own, possess, or keep any animal used in a fighting exhibition, or train any animal to fight, you may be found guilty of a "Class C" felony. If, for amusement or financial gain, you allow one animal to fight another, or you permit a fight to take place on property you own or rent, you may be found guilty of a felony. If you assist in the preparation of such a fight, or you are present at such a fight, or it is found that you intended to attend such a fight, you may be found guilty of a felony. In all such cases you can be fined $10,000 and be sentenced to 5 years in a State prison. You may also be found guilty of animal abuse, neglect, theft, or other crimes and be faced with additional City, State, and/or Federal penalties

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.117

n Animal fighting is also a Federal crime that, in addition to State and City penalties, is punishable by fines and incarceration in a Federal prison

n Using a domestic dog or cat as bait, prey, or in the training of another animal to track, fight, or hunt is animal cruelty ithat may be charged as either first degree animal cruelty or second degree animal cruelty. First degree animal cruelty is a class "C" felony, and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state prison for up to 5 years. Second degree animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days imprisonment in the county jail

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.300

n Trapping domestic dog or cat with intent to use that animal as bait, prey, or in the training of another animal to track, fight, or hunt is animal cruelty ithat may be charged as either first degree animal cruelty or second degree animal cruelty. First degree animal cruelty is a class "C" felony, and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state prison for up to 5 years. Second degree animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days imprisonment in the county jail. You may also be charged with animal theft & concealment, which carries additional fines and imprisonment time

State of Washington, RCW 16.52.300

Animal Theft & Concealment is a Crime

n The punishment for stealing, removing or luring an animal from it's owner's property, and/or confining or hiding an animal, and/or concealing the identity of a stolen animal: If the animal is worth less than $250, you may be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor and you can be fined $5,000 and sentenced to 1 year in a State prison. If the animal is worth $250 or more, you may be found guilty of a felony and you can be fined $10,000 and sentenced to 5 years in a State prison

n Additional fines and imprisonment are assessd for selling stolen animals, selling stolen animals to research facilities, and using a cat or dog as bait or prey in the training of a fighting dog

n If you release an animal from it's owner's property by opening a gate or door, or removing it's restraints, or lure an animal off it's owner's property, you are in violation of the laws of the City of Pullman, and can be fined in addition to fines and jail time mandated by state law for theft of an animal

Punishment

n First Degree Animal Cruelty is a "class C" felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 5 years imprisonment

n Second Degree Animal Cruelty is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 90 days imprisonment

n Purposefully Inflicting Pain on an Animal is First Degree Animal Cruelty (a felony) punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 5 years imprisonment

n Purposefully Cause Physical Injury to an Animal is First Degree Animal Cruelty (a felony) punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 5 years imprisonment

n Killing an Animal by Means Causing Undue Suffering is First Degree Animal Cruelty (a felony) punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 5 years imprisonment

n Starve, Dehydrate or Suffocate an Animal is First Degree Animal Cruelty (a felony) punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 90 days imprisonment

n Inflict Unnecessary Suffering or Pain on an Animal is Second Degree Animal Cruelty (a misdemeanor) punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 90 days imprisonment

n Fail to Provide Food, Water, Shelter or Medical Attention is Second Degree Animal Cruelty (a misdemeanor) punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 90 days imprisonment

n Abandoning or "Dumping" a Domesticated Pet is Second Degree Animal Cruelty (a misdemeanor) punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 90 days imprisonment. City of Pullman: Violating this law carries a fine of not more than $500 for each violation in addition to state and federal penalties

n Transporting or Confining in an Unsafe Manner is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $150 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 60 days imprisonment

n Confinement Without Food and Water is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or confinement in a county jail for up to 90 days imprisonment. You can additionally be found guilty of first degree animal cruelty and/or second degree animal cruelty

n Animal Fighting is a "Class C" felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or confinement in a state correctional institution for up to 5 years imprisonment. Federal: Animal fighting is also a federal crime punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or confinement in a federal prison for 1 year for each violation in addition to state penalties

n Using Animals a Bait may be found to be First Degree Animal Cruelty or Second Degree Animal Cruelty with fines ranging from up to $1,000 (2nd degree) or up to $10,000 (1st degree), and/or confinement in a county jail or state prison for up to 90 days (2nd degree) or up to 5 years (1st degree). Read a plain-text summary of this law

n Stealing, Injuring or Killing a Pet may be found to be either a Gross Misdemeanor, a "class C" felony, or a "class B" felony depending on the value of the pet, with a minimum fine of $500 (up to $20,000) for each violation, AND confinement in a county jail or state prison for a minimum of 1 year (up to 10 years) for each violation. You may also be found guilty of Possession of Stolen Property with addtional fines and confinement. Read a plain-text summary of this law

n Depiction of Animal Cruelty is a federal crime with an unspecified fine and confinement in a federal prison for not more than 5 years

n Provoke, Mistreat or Abuse an Animal is a civil infraction in the City of Pullman and carries a fine of not more than $500 for each violation, and is in addition to fines and confinment set forth in state law

n Release, Unleash or Cause an Animal to Run Free is a civil infraction in the City of Pullman and carries a fine of not more than $500 for each violation, and is in addition to fines and confinment set forth in state law

n Set a Leg-hold or Noose-type Trap to Catch an Animal is a civil infraction in the City of Pullman and carries a fine of not more than $500 for each violation, and is in addition to fines and confinment set forth in state law

 

 

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