Pet license checks begin April 4

April 2, 2015

NEW — 4:30 p.m. April 2, 2015

A trained, professional canvasser working for Regional Animal Services of King County and the city of Newcastle will soon go door-to-door in an effort to ensure pets living in the city are properly licensed.

The canvasser will begin visiting homes April 4. The person can be identified by a county name badge and logo shirt, and will carry business cards and pet licensing documents.

All cats and dogs 8 weeks old and older living in Newcastle are required to be licensed by King County. Canvassers will not give citations for unlicensed pets, but will issue temporary licenses, which allow 30 days for the purchase of permanent tags. They will not carry money or ask for payment.

The canvassers are sensitive to privacy concerns, and will not, for example, peer in windows or over fences looking for pets. They won’t enter homes and will avoid houses clearly labeled with “No Trespassing” or “No Soliciting” signs. Read more

Amnesty period for unlicensed pets ends soon

September 17, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 2010

Residents in Newcastle and 26 other cities, plus unincorporated King County, have 15 days before the amnesty period on unlicensed pets expires.

The countywide 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 animals.

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