The importance of keeping your dogs on a leash and carefully watched is underscored by a Washington law. Washington law for marauding dogs requires an owner of a dog that kills a domestic animal to kill the dog within 48 hours of learning of the dog’s guilt. Failure to do so could result in criminal charges, including fines and even jail time. The same law allows the Sheriff to kill a dog found to be running at large if it is without a metal identification tag. To keep your dog(s) safe, be sure they are properly tagged, and leashed and/or carefully watched. The following is the Washington law for marauding dogs.
RCW 16.08.030: Marauding dog—Duty of owner to kill.
It shall be the duty of any person owning or keeping any dog or dogs which shall be found killing any domestic animal to kill such dog or dogs within forty-eight hours after being notified of that fact, and any person failing or neglecting to comply with the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and it shall be the duty of the sheriff or any deputy sheriff to kill any dog found running at large (after the first day of August of any year and before the first day of March in the following year) without a metal identification tag.
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