SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As of January 27, 2009
Title: An act relating to marauding dogs.
Brief Description: Concerning marauding dogs.
Sponsors: Senator Brandland.
Committee Activity: Judiciary: 1/27/09.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Staff: Kim Johnson (786-7472)
Background: The chapter of law governing dogs contains several provisions of law that originated in the early 1900s dealing with dogs running at large and injuring livestock or other domestic animals. Specifically, a dog owner who is notified that his or her dog is found killing a domestic animal must kill the dog within 48 hours of the notification. Failure to kill the dog is a misdemeanor offense.
Similarly, it is the duty of the sheriff to kill any dog found running at large without a metal identification tag, from the beginning of August through the end of February.
Summary of Bill: The requirement that the sheriff must kill any dog found running at large without a metal identification tag from the beginning of August through the end of February is repealed.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.