Report an Animal Incident

Snohomish County Animal Control Officers respond to complaints and investigate cases in unincorporated Snohomish County associated with:

  • Dangerous dogs
  • Animal cruelty or neglect
  • Dog bites or attacks
  • Stray and abandoned animals
  • Sick or injured animals
  • Livestock at large
  • Nuisances such as barking or off leash dogs (learn more about reporting nuisances)

If a person or animal is injured or in threat of imminent harm, call 9-1-1. There is no need to contact Animal Services after calling 9-1-1; we coordinate animal-related response and follow-up with Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

1. Establish that the incident occurred in unincorporated Snohomish County

Our jurisdiction covers the parts of Snohomish County that are outside city and town limits. If the incident occurred within city limits, you must contact your municipal animal services agency

Check an address in our map tool to see if it is in our service area.

2. Contact Animal Services to file a complaint


Completing the online Animal Complaint form is the easiest and fastest way to submit your complaint. Be as thorough as possible in your description of the incident, where it occurred, and the animals and persons involved.

By Phone

Call Animal Services at 425-388-3440. Please note that calls received after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays will be returned within two business days.

3. Be prepared to answer follow-up questions

Our dispatch staff will take your complaint and open a case. If they need additional information, they may contact you again. Cases are then prioritized and assigned to Animal Control Officers in the field for investigation.