Animal Services

Animal Control Officers promote the understanding of animal laws, partner with pet owners and complainants to achieve compliance on animal-related matters, inspect kennels and other animal businesses, and have the authority to pursue enforcement actions as necessary. Snohomish County Animal Control Officers are specially commissioned deputies by the Snohomish County Sheriff and respond to over 2.500 calls for service on average per year. 

Animal Complaints

Animal Control Officers investigate animal complaints that occur in unincorporated Snohomish County. All animal related complaints except for barking dog complaints, may be filed online or by phone. For barking dog complaints, please scroll down. 

  • By phone call 425-388-3440 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calls received after business hours, on weekends or holidays will be returned on the next business day. 

Barking Dogs Complaints

All dogs bark - however, when barking becomes a neighborhood nuisance, there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the problem. 

  1. Start by talking to the pet owner and explain what is occurring or consider providing the owner with this owner notification letter and this "How to Prevent Nuisance Barking" tip sheet. 
  2. If that does not resolve the issue or the owner is not approachable, you can file an online complaint (select "other"). The owner will receive notification that a complaint has been filed along with resources on how to control excessive barking.
  3. If the excessive barking continues, you may document the ongoing issue using the Barking Dog Complaint Form. This will assist Animal Control Services in escalating enforcement. 
For additional information please see SCC 9.12.060

Leash Law Violations

In unincorporated Snohomish County, all dogs must be leashed when off the owner's premises. Violations may be reported here (select "nuisance dogs"). 

For more information about the county's leash law, see SCC 9.14.030.

Contact Us

  1. Animal Services


    3000 Rockefeller Ave.
    Everett, WA 98201

    Phone: 425-388-3440
    Fax: 425-259-2777


    Monday - Friday
    9 a.m. - Noon
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Closed from noon to 1 p.m. every day.

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​To provide responsive animal control services that protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and residents of unincorporated Snohomish County and to provide public education to encourage and promote responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.