Regional animal control contract earns council approval

July 17, 2012

King County officials endorsed the animal control contract between the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities July 9.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members adopted the agreement to provide field officers, shelter services and licensing services. The pact amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah.

“This model partnership between the county and municipalities will bring consistent, cost-effective and compassionate solutions to our animal control challenges,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement.

The agreement also required approval from leaders in 25 suburban cities. Issaquah City Council members OK’d the pact June 18.

The county animal services agency, Regional Animal Services of King County, changed the formula for how cities pay for the agency. Under the old agreement, cities paid equal amounts based on population and the number of calls, but the updated agreement eschewed the 50-50 agreement for a method based more on number of calls in a particular city.

In the most recent contract renewal period, Auburn did not renew the county contract, and instead embarked on a municipal animal control program.

Regional animal control contract earns King County Council approval

July 10, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. July 10, 2012

King County officials endorsed the animal control contract between the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities Monday.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members adopted the interlocal agreement to provide provides field officers, shelter services and licensing services. The pact amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah.

“This model partnership between the county and municipalities will bring consistent, cost-effective and compassionate solutions to our animal control challenges,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement.

The agreement also required approval from leaders in 25 suburban cities. Issaquah City Council members OK’d the pact June 18.

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City Council renews animal control contract

July 3, 2012

King County remains the provider of animal control services in Issaquah under a contract approved by the City Council.

The current provider, Regional Animal Services of King County, changed the formula for how cities pay for the agency. Under the old agreement, cities paid equal amounts based on population and the number of calls, but the updated agreement ditches the 50-50 agreement for a method based more on number of calls in a particular city.

The contract amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah. The agreement is in place through December 2015.

“We think they made it a little more fair,” city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said.

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City rolls over dog ban at Timberlake Park

January 11, 2011


By Greg Farrar New signs at Timberlake Park outline updated pet rules for the park in the South Cove neighborhood.

The city has lifted the dog ban at popular Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish after 17 months.

City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the city decided to rescind the ban, because the regional animal services agency has promised to be more responsive to dog incidents at the 24-acre park. Read more

Leaders laud King County Council for 2010 milestones

January 5, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

King County Council members said the board made strides on a series of goals last year.

The council had not set specific goals for years, but under Chairman Bob Ferguson and Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague, the council adopted 45 broad goals — and checked off 43 by year’s end.

The council adopted priorities in early 2010. The list included goals to foster trust in government, local and regional cooperation, and to improve economic development, sustainability and transportation.

The council then created a scorecard to allow residents to monitor progress.

The accomplishments included adopting a countywide strategic plan, creating a regional task force to tackle transit issues, approving a series of partnerships to update animal-control services and overhauling county shoreline rules.

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Updated animal services program debuts

July 6, 2010

The way King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities handle animal control, sheltering and pet licensing services changed last week.

The updated plan took effect July 1, as 27 cities and the county signed a cost-sharing agreement to provide animal services.

Officials hope the changes help the county move beyond a troubled, unprofitable era in animal services. Problems with King County Animal Care and Control leadership, organization and operations led to public outcry and legal challenges, prompting the King County Council to direct County Executive Dow Constantine to make changes late last year.

The two-and-a-half-year agreement divides King County into four animal control districts, each staffed by at least one animal control officer. Even the name — King County Animal Care and Control — changed to Regional Animal Services of King County.

The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency. The county estimates pet licenses can raise most of the $2.5 million needed to pay for the bulk of the program.

Issaquah City Council members agreed last month to join the regional plan.

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King County offers amnesty to outlaw pet owners, urges people to license animals

July 1, 2010

NEW — 1:35 p.m. July 1, 2010

Owners of unlicensed pets can license their animals without facing a fine until Oct. 1, as part of the updated animal control plan enacted Thursday.

King County, Issaquah and 26 other cities signed on to the two-and-a-half-year agreement last month. The pact includes a 90-day amnesty period for owners of unlicensed pets to purchase a license without facing a fine.

A no-tolerance policy for unlicensed pets goes into effect Oct. 2. Outlaw owners face $125 fines for unlicensed spayed or neutered pets, and up to $250 for unaltered pets.

Purchase licenses at more than 100 locations across the county, including Issaquah City Hall, veterinary hospitals and QFC grocery stores. Find the complete list here.

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City signs interlocal animal control agreement

June 22, 2010

Issaquah intends to participate in the updated plan for animal care, control and licensing, though most city residents might not notice any changes.

City Council members agreed last week to join the regional plan for King County Animal Care and Control services. The agency handles responses to complaints about vicious animals, animal-cruelty investigations and pickups of stray animals.

The updated agreement calls for similar services, but puts more emphasis on pet licensing to help fund the agency.

The council approved the contract in a unanimous decision June 7. King County officials and representatives from Issaquah and 26 other cities worked for months to develop the updated plan.

County Executive Dow Constantine sent a package of proposed reforms to the King County Council to remake the troubled animal-control agency. Constantine proposed code changes to restructure license fees and smooth the way for partnerships between the county government and private organizations to care for stray animals and license pets.

Constantine also requested $3.2 million — backed by $2.5 million from licensing fees and other revenue — to implement the model.

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County steps up enforcement of dog rules at parks

June 8, 2010

King County Animal Care and Control officers started cracking down on unlicensed, aggressive and unleashed dogs in county parks last week.

County rules state that pets are required to be leashed and under control at all times. The code also requires owners to clean up after pets. The emphasis patrols started June 2.

The increased patrols came in response to numerous complaints from park users over the past year about aggressive and uncontrolled dogs in county parks.

Patrols will first educate pet owners about county policies, but the penalty for failure to license a dog is $75. A first-time off-leash offender faces a $25 penalty. Subsequent violations within a year carry additional $50 fines.

Find the only county park with a designated, off-leash area at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The area consists of 40 acres of open space where dogs can run free. Remember: Handlers or owners must accompany pets, and good doggie etiquette must be observed at all times.

Issaquah could decide to join regional animal-control plan Monday

June 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2010

Issaquah and 26 other King County cities intend to join in a regional plan for animal care, control and licensing, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced last week.

The executive sent a package of proposed reforms to the King County Council to remake the county’s troubled animal-control agency. Constantine proposed code changes to restructure license fees and smooth the way for partnerships between the county government and private organizations to care for stray animals and license pets.

“With this new regional model, the county and cities can provide better public health and safety, animal welfare and customer service, at a lower cost than cities could provide on their own,” he said in a news release. “At the same time we will continue to work on reforms that earn the respect of the community and lead to innovative partnerships that will reduce future costs.”

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