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Clark County Animal Protection and Control has five officers that cover all of unincorporated Clark County and the city of Vancouver. We are here to take all reports of animal emergencies and issues including possible cruelty and neglect calls. Contact us to report an animal issue seven days a week from 8am -5pm by calling 564.397.2488 or submitting an online complaint. After hours, call 311 for animal-related emergencies.  

Nuisance and cruelty violations

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  • Inflicting pain or suffering - Intentionally or negligently causing or allowing animals to endure pain, suffering or injury, including not providing needed veterinarian care.
  • Loose dogs - "Running at large" means to be off the owner's property and not under the control of either the owner or a person authorized by the owner.
  • Neglect - Neglect or failure to provide minimum care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal within reasonable care, custody and control of the owner. This does not include emergencies or circumstances beyond the owner's control.
  • Too many animals - "Kennel" means either:
    • Any premises used to conduct commercial business involving buying, selling, breeding for sale, letting for hire, boarding or training of dogs.
    • Any premises where 10 or more adult dogs are kept for any purpose, including animal shelters.
  • Vicious animals - "Vicious" means showing an unprovoked tendency to endanger the safety of people, animals or property.

Horse neglect and abuse

If you observe any of the following conditions, please contact Animal Control at 564.397.2488:

  • No dry area for horse to shelter in or stand on
  • Little or no food and water
  • No regular caretaker visits
  • Visible hip bones and ribs
  • Questionable physical appearance of other animals on the property

Animal noise nuisance 

Animal Control is not currently responding to barking dog complaints. Due to staffing issues, Covid-19, and the increase in cruelty, neglect and emergency calls, we are unable to adequately respond to noise nuisance complaints at this time. 
    
People living in urban and suburban areas of Clark County should expect to live with some level of noise. Even rural areas can be impacted by noise. Traffic, neighborhood children, lawn equipment, and barking dogs are just a few examples. As a resident, you are expected to tolerate most of these noises within reason. However, in the case of excessive noise caused by a pet, there are several things you can do.

Communicate with the pet owner
Try to talk to the pet owner about the problem. Sometimes owners are not aware of the problem, especially when they are not at home. A neighborly discussion can be helpful. Try to work out a mutually agreeable solution, and allow the pet owner a reasonable amount of time to remedy the situation. Make note of dates and times of your contacts with the pet owner and responses received.

Educate the owner
Send the pet owner our barking dog letter. It is designed to let pet owners know about the problem.

Community Mediation
If the noise continues, you can try resolving the issue with your neighbor by contacting Community Mediation Services (CMS). CMS provides county residents with an informal, private way to improve communications and resolve disputes. Mediation is successful in over 85 percent of cases. Mediators will contact the other party for you to arrange a productive meeting. Contact CMS by phone 360.337.5862 or email info@mediationclarkcounty.org.

For noise nuisances that are a result of animal cruelty or neglect, contact Animal Control by filing an online complaint or calling 564.397.2488.

Online reporting

If you observe any of the above conditions, complete the online form or contact Animal Protection and Control at 564.397.2488. 

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Codes

Clark County Code - Title 8
CCC - Title 8: Animal cruelty
CCC - Title 8: Dangerous dogs
CCC - Title 8: Nuisances
Vancouver Municipal Code, Chapter 8.24 Animals
Yacolt Dog Ordinance #383