Animal Control

Animal Control Services

Animal Control

Animal services within the Auburn's city limits are provided by the Auburn Police Department's Animal Control officers.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

For non-emergency animal control service, please call 253-288-2121 or send us an email.

For unincorporated Auburn residents contact Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) at 206-296-7387.

Animal Control Officers respond to the following requests:
  • Police department calls for assistance
  • Loose livestock on roadways
  • Aggressive or sick animal pickup
  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Wildlife in the living area of a home
  • Vicious animal complaints
  • Animal bites
  • Disruptive animals
  • Injured animal rescues
  • Dead-on-arrival livestock/cats/dogs

Barking Complaints

Any public disturbance noise made by an animal is unlawful and may be enforced under the provisions of ACC 6.02.140. To make a barking complaint please complete the Barking Dog Complaint Form (PDF).

Lost & Found Pet

Register your lost or found pet at For questions about the Auburn animal shelter, please visit Auburn Valley Humane Society or call 253-249-7849.

Potentially Dangerous Dogs

In the City of Auburn, certain types of dogs are considered potentially dangerous dogs. Auburn City Code Chapter 6.35 defines a potentially dangerous dog as any dog that when unprovoked:

  • Inflicts bites on a human or a domestic animal either on public or private property;
  • Chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, or any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, or to cause injury or otherwise to threaten the safety of humans or domestic animals;
  • Is known or should reasonably have been known by its owner to have aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered the safety of humans or domestic animals.

Failure to comply with the provisions of Auburn City Code Chapter 6.35 is a violation punishable as a misdemeanor in accordance with ACC 9.02.030.

A potentially dangerous dog is also defined as any dog that is known by the owner or should reasonably be known by the owner to be one of the following breeds or partially of such breed or to have an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to the following breeds.

  • Akita
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Kuvasz
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Presa Canario
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tosa Inu

The owner of a potentially dangerous dog is required to register the dog with the City Clerk's Office. Register a dog that falls under the list of dangerous breeds by filling out and printing the online registration form (PDF). You can also obtain a registration form at the City Clerk's Office, Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main ST, 1st Floor. There is no fee for the registration. In addition to a registration, other requirements for potentially dangerous dogs include:

  • Photo of the dog must accompany the potentially dangerous dog registration form.
  • Valid Pet License (see below on how to license your dog).
  • All dogs must be walked on leash in the city. No one under the age of 16 years may walk a leashed potentially dangerous dog outside its proper enclosure.

Licensing helps animals in Auburn by assisting with pet adoptions, funding our community shelter, and caring for injured, lost, and homeless pets. Your pet is part of your family. Show them you care by keeping them safe. All dogs and cats must be licensed in Auburn.

  • Failure to license your pet per Auburn City Code 6.04.010 will result in a fine of $50. 
  • Rabies vaccines are required for all ferrets, cats, and dogs per Auburn City Code 6.04.015.