Visit the Animal Control page for information on the Police Department’s Animal Control Program.

Dog Licenses

The City requires dog owners to license dogs over 7 months old and within 30 days of acquiring the dog. Dog license renewals are due by February 28, 2015. If you have a current dog license, you will receive a reminder notice early in January. When renewing, you may need to provide a current rabies certification and if applicable, proof of spay or neuter.

Senior Discount: To apply for 2015, the account holder must provide proof of all sources of taxable and nontaxable revenue coming into the household for all members of the household. To qualify: 1) applicant must be over the age of 61; 2) account must be in the name of the applicant; and 3) total of all household revenue must be less than the HUD’s published income limits for “Very Low Income” of a 2 person household. The 2015 rates will not be available until February 2015 but we anticipate that they will be similar to the 2014 rate of $26,800. Discounts for first time applicants will be effective the first full billing cycle after their application is approved. For renewals, the application must be completed and approved by April 15th to avoid losing the discounted status. Accounts with an existing discount will continue in that status until the end of the March billing cycle, and then revert to regular rates if a new application is not on file.

Animal Disturbance Noises are Prohibited

West Richland Municipal Code 6.08.030 states, “Animal Disturbance Noises – Prohibited. The keeper of any animal shall not keep or maintain within the city any animal which by frequent repetitive or continuous howling, yelping, barking, braying, whinnying, crying, cackling, crowing, or the making of any other noises that annoys or disturbs the peace and repose of persons of reasonable sensitivities residing, owning property, or employed within a district zoned for residential uses.

Noise from animals which during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. may be heard 50 feet from the perceived property line shall be deemed excessive and in violation of this section. During the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. this distance shall be extended to 100 feet. A violation of the section may still occur if the noise is heard at distances less than that stated, given the proximity of houses or structures to one another, or location of the source animal to the location of the complaint.

More information and/or the procedure for enforcement can be found in Title 6 of the West Richland Municipal Code

Visit the Report a Problem Page to report violations.

Pet Ownership – A Message to West Richland Pet Owners

Pet owners are responsible for the actions of their pets!

Pet Owners Must:

  • License your dog within the city
  • Keep your animal on a leash or at heel (within 2 feet of owner)
  • Clean up after your pet’s fecal waste
  • Always keep the city license tag on your dog
  • Always keep your animal on your property or under your direct control
  • Keep your animals from disturbing the peace

Failure to comply with the above may result in a citation.

Animal Care and Safety

Please keep your pets cool this summer.

  • You must have a wind-proof and moisture-proof shelter for your outside pet.
  • You must have food and fresh water available at all times. Replace water daily.
  • Your pet must be dry and comfortable.
  • If it is hot for you, it is hot for your pet, too.

Volunteer to Foster an Animal

Have room in your home for a temporary visitor?
Consider temporarily fostering an animal to promote social skills!

The following are some considerations:

  • Fostering is purely a volunteer function.
  • Socializing an animal will make it adoptable.
  • Fostering is temporary and beneficial for all involved.

Please contact the Animal Control Officer at 509-967-3431 for more information on pet foster care.