Field Services & Enforcement
Animal Services is here to protect the people and the pets of Washington County. Last year, we responded to over 6,500 calls on all sorts of subjects, including:
- Dog bites
- Abuse, neglect, and abandonment of dogs, cats, livestock and other animals
- Barking dogs
- Aggressive or dangerous dogs
- Stray dogs (animals at large)
- Injured dogs or cats
When people or animals are at risk, we work with law enforcement agencies to protect the victims. We sometimes take animals that have been abused or badly neglected into protective custody and work with law enforcement agencies to ensure the offenders are fined or possibly even imprisoned. We help people who are victims of dog bites. We patrol the county, enforcing the codes and statutes.
In many cases, we can provide education and referrals for people who aren’t following the law, and make the situation better for the animals and the neighborhood.
IF YOU NEED HELP OR SEE AN ANIMAL IN DISTRESS
In an emergency, call 911. (We work with law enforcement agencies throughout the county, who will contact us if an animal is involved in an issue they are handling.) If the situation is not an immediate emergency, call Animal Services at 503-846-7041.
We respond to most calls during working hours within 2 hours.