ANIMAL CONTROL

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Animal Control

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services is comprised of one full time Animal Control Deputy (ACD) whose mission is to care for the community’s concerns about domestic animals.  The primary duties of the Animal Control Deputy are to enforce the local and state laws regarding domestic animals and their ownership within unincorporated Jefferson County.  Domestic animal issues within the city limits of Port Townsend are currently handled by the Port Townsend Police Department.  Wild animals are considered the property of the state of Washington and any issue involving wild animals falls upon the jurisdiction of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The Animal Control Deputy is typically on duty during weekday business hours.  After hours and on weekends Deputy Sheriffs, when available, are tasked with the ACD’s duties in a limited capacity.  The Sheriff’s Office does not operate a shelter or kennel, instead they work together with the Jefferson County Humane Societywhich operates the animal shelter in Port Townsend.  The following check list will help assist you in contacting the appropriate agency.

  • For issues/questions regarding any WILD animals please contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (360)249-4628
  • For issues/questions regarding DOMESTIC animals in unincorporated Jefferson County please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (360)385-3831
    or use the self reporting function located on our homepage
  • For all EMERGENCYS please call 911

How can I be a responsible pet owner?

♦ Have your pet vaccinated by a licensed vet annually. Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Other vaccines are recommended for the health of your pet.

♦ Purchase your pets license and have your pet wear the license so that you may be notified
if he is lost.

♦ When out in public keep your pets on a leash and clean up after them.

♦ Do NOT allow your pet to become a nuisance to your neighbors. Correct behavior problems immediately.

♦ Do NOT allow your pets to run at large. You could be liable if you pet injuries someone or something.

♦ Do NOT allow your pets to bark continuously.

♦ Consider your pet’s safety first. On HOT days, leave your pet at home.

What is a Potentially Dangerous or Dangerous Dogs?

Animal Control can declare as potentially dangerous or dangerous any dog that:

A. When unprovoked inflicts a bite which which causes significant injury on a human or kills a domestic animal.

B. Has a propensity to chase or threatens a person upon the streets, sidewalks and any public or private property other than the owner.

C. Has been declared by any other governmental agency for similar violation

My dog is obedient when out in public. Why do I have to have it on a leash?

ALL dogs walked must be under control while off of the owner’s property. Even though your dog is obedient, it is required under ordinance that you keep your dog on a leash. Even obedient dogs in an unfamiliar location can come into situations that put their welfare in jeopardy. Also, others don’t know your dog and may feel threatened in a place they should enjoy without fear. If you are observed without a leash on your animal, you can be cited with a civil infraction.

My neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking, Can anything be done?

Yes, uncontrolled barking of dogs is considered to be a nuisance. The following examples constitute disturbances:

• Barking, howling or whining for more than one hour

• Prolonged barking between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am

I’m Concerned About an Animal Being Abused or Neglected – Should I Call?

YES! If you have concerns about an animal’s well being, call The Sheriff’s Office, 385-3831 and the Animal Control Officer will check the welfare of the animal. Minimum standards must be met to ensure the health and safety of the animal.

What if my pet gets out and is lost?

Pets do on occasion escape the safe area of their yards and homes. When this occurs, immediately contact the Humane Society Shelter at 385-3292 and let them know your animal may be lost. Give as much detail as possible as to where the pet got loose, what they look like, tag information, etc. The more information we have the better chance the animal will be returned safely.

If your pet is lost or has run away, always check with the local animal shelter to see if he/she has been picked up. Many animals are found with no tags or identification, when this occurs they are taken to the Humane Society. To contact the Humane Society, call 385-3292. Be ready to give pertinent information about your pet or the animal you have found.

Important information about licensing your pets

♦ All dogs over the age of 6 months are required to be licensed within Port Townsend and Jefferson County.

♦ The City and County have joined together offering a Universal license that covers your pet whether you live inside the City limits or in the County.

♦ Cat owners are encouraged to have their cat licensed, but it is not required at this time.

♦ Rabies certificates are required when licensing your pet.

Licenses are vital for your dog’s safe return should he or she wander off. All license fees go to the Humane Society to care for the cats and dogs in need.
Your licensed dog can be reunited with you quickly. The cost of your dog being our guest or receiving a Notice of Infraction is much steeper than the small license fee. Proof of rabies vaccination is required by both the county and the city., a small hassle but worthwhile.

Licenses good for two (2) years:

  • $20.00 – Sterilized (Spayed/Neutered) dog with proof of spaying or neutering.
  • $48.00 – Unsterilized dog

Lifetime Licenses:

  • $112.00 – Sterilized (Spayed/Neutered) dog with proof of spaying or neutering.
  • $266.00 – Unsterilized dog

Yearly Kennel Licenses:

  • $96.00

Three ways for you to license your dog:

  1. Come to the shelter at 112 Critter Lane, Port Townsend, WA, during our normal operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm. No need to bring your dog.
  2. Download, print and complete our paper licensing form: LICENSE FORM (PDF)
    Mail the form with payment to our mailing address. Please include self-addressed, stamped envelope. We will mail your license to you.MAILING ADDRESS:
    Humane Society of Jefferson County
    P.O. Box 845
    Port Hadlock, WA  98339
  3. Online at https://www.hsjcwa.org/license-your-dog/

Important Numbers to Remember

Domestic & Livestock Animal Issues
Sheriff’s Office Dispatch 385 3831
Port Townsend Police Dep’t 385-2322
Fish & Wildlife : 360-902-2936
(Wild Animal Concerns—Non Emergency)
Raptor Center (Birds): 681-2283

(C)2017 Robert H. Morris

CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

Law Enforcement is nothing without citizen involvement.  Think about it!  Thousands of years ago citizens became enraged when they became the victim of acts that were considered wrong BUT there were no written laws so people got together and decided what was right and what was wrong with-in their unit which could have been a cave, a small village, a sect, or even just a family.  As the population increased it became recognized that the people needed protection as well as governance.  The leaders of society whether they were Kings or Chiefs started to offer protection to their citizens, eventually laws were written based on the moral and disciplinary beliefs of the community or leaders thereof and a form of law enforcement was born. (refer to the history of law enforcement)

Over the years citizens have dealt with the good and the bad, millions have moved from one corner of the earth to another seeking a form of freedom they were happy with and could live with.  Law Enforcement always was a part of the movement of societies and is probably the truest reflection of the people.  People want to be protected but not dominated; hence in this country we have the Constitution of the United States of America defining our freedoms. A constitution and the laws of that document will only work based on the will of the governed which requires a fair and equitable system of justice for everyone.

Now we the people become responsible for the enforcement of our laws.  If laws are ignored the people suffer, if the laws do not apply to all equally, people suffer.  If lack of enforcement causes fear, the people suffer.

Law Enforcement is the system that protects the people but only with the help of the people.  Very few crimes would be solved if it were not for the assistance of the public, be it through taxes that provide officers, cars, training etc., or information that advises what is REALLY going on in the community.  Law Enforcement depends on this information whether it be an unsafe crosswalk, a badly maintained street, unregulated alcohol sales, theft, robbery, burglary, rape, cruelty to animals, anything that is not considered to be acceptable to our society.

The greatest level of involvement by the citizen is through personal/family experiences.  We are all for protecting ourselves and families; we exercise good judgement in protecting our homes, keeping them safe for all family members and protecting our property.  We drive with courteous regard for others and teach our children the difference between right and wrong.  If there is a problem in the community that affects all, we are allowed input to clarify and hopefully rectify the issue. If the problem is threatening to our family or selves we can report the problem to law enforcement for investigation or correction.

The citizen is the partner of every Peace Officer, working together they can maintain a safe community.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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  • Child Abuse

    Child Abuse

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department investigates cases of physical and sexual abuse against children 14 years old and under.  The department works closely with Child Welfare Services and local  advocacy groups to protect the children of Jefferson County.

    Five children every day in America die from abuse and neglect (source: Every Child Matters). More than half a million children suffer neglect or abuse every year (source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

    In the fight against child abuse, knowledge is our strongest weapon. The more you know about it, the more you can do to help those who have already been victimized and to prevent it from happening again. We ask that you take action by spreading awareness and education in your community. Learn about the signs and symptoms abuse or take a pledge to help out parents in your neighborhood.

    We want to credit Prevent Child Abuse America and the American Humane Association for the following information.

    Step 1: Evaluate Situations for Child Abuse

    Sometimes you think you see adults abusing children in public and you don’t know whether you should get involved, or how. Is it your business when you see parents hitting, slapping or otherwise hurting their children? Can you help? The answer is yes.

    Although most parents want to be good parents, sometimes factors such as job loss, abuse as a child, substance abuse, mental health concerns, lack of information, lack of parenting skills, or other problems create stress and reduce coping skills. You may be able to diffuse a minor situation by taking the time to calmly offer help and support.

    Some hints when talking to adults about the children in their care include:

    • Be helpful and supportive, rather than judgmental and critical.
    • Strike up a conversation with the adult and be empathetic. Say something like “My child did the same thing the other day,” or “Being a parent/grandparent/babysitter can be tough sometimes, can’t it?”
    • Focus attention on the child, saying, “He or she sure has a lot of energy.”
    • Paying attention to the child may divert the parent’s anger.

    You should try to help if:

    • A child will be physically hurt.
    • A child’s overall well-being is threatened.
    • You are uncomfortable with a situation involving a child.

    If you cannot help by talking to the parent, or the situation is more serious than you can handle, then go on to Step 2: Report Child Abuse.

    Step 2: Reporting Child Abuse

    Deciding what to do when you suspect child abuse or neglect can be a difficult and confusing process. Remember, you do not need to make a decision about whether abuse or neglect occurred; you are just reporting your concerns. If it is determined that the child may be in immediate danger, a social worker and/or law enforcement officer will make a home visit within a few hours of receiving notification. If there is not an immediate danger, a social worker will investigate within three to ten days of receiving a call if it is determined that the child may be at risk.

    A child may be counting on you to make that call. You can take action. Don’t hesitate. You could save a life.

    • If you think that a child is in immediate danger, you should call your local police or 911.

    Help Prevent Child Abuse

    Child abuse prevention is a community issue. You can make a difference in the life of a child in your community. We should be more aware and involved in helping to protect our children and support families to prevent abuse and neglect before it occurs.

    Reach out to Parents

    Anything you do to support kids and parents in your family and extended community helps to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

    • Offer to baby-sit so parents can get a break.
    • Arrange a weekly or bi-weekly play date so parents can discuss experiences or problems while the kids play.
    • If you are a grandparent, take a different grandchild each week to relieve some pressure on their parents.
    • If you are a supervisor, encourage flex- and comp-time arrangements so parents can deal with daily child-care and emergencies without the stress of workplace repercussions.
    • If you are a preschool teacher, establish informal monthly meetings for parents to trade tips on parenting and schooling.
    • Canvass members of a club to find people available to provide babysitting for children under 2.
    • Be a good listener for the parents you know. Let them talk about their trials and triumphs.
    • If you are a doctor or work at a doctor’s office, locate and distribute literature on children’s health issues and activities.
    • Work with a PTA to create a parenting class and offer babysitting for parents to help them attend.
    • Offer rides to neighborhood children’s activities.
    • Volunteer as a big brother or club leader to help kids and give parents some free time.

    Recognizing Child Abuse:

    Child abuse is divided into four types — physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional maltreatment — the types are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child for example is often emotionally maltreated as well, and a sexually abused child may be also neglected. Any child at any age may experience any of the types of child abuse.

    Child:

    • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
    • Withdrawal
    • Loss of appetite, eating disorder
    • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
    • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
    • Has learning problems that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes; a fall in grades in school
    • Lacks adult supervision
    • Is overly compliant, an overachiever, or too responsible
    • Comes to school early, stays late, and does not want to go home
    • Lack of self-confidence; poor relationships with other children

    The Parent:

    • Shows little concern for the child, rarely responding to the school’s requests for information, for conferences, or for home visits
    • Denies the existence of — or blames the child for — the child’s problems in school or at home
    • Asks the classroom teacher to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves
    • Sees the child entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome
    • Demands perfection or a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve; or looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs

    Signs of Physical Abuse:

    Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the child:

    • Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes
    • Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school
    • Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home from school
    • Shrinks at the approach of adults
    • Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver

    Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:

    • Offers conflicting, unconvincing, or no explanation for the child’’s injury
    • Describes the child as “evil,” or in some other very negative way
    • Uses harsh physical discipline with the child
    • Has a history of abuse as a child.

    Signs of Neglect

    Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:

    • Is frequently absent from school
    • Begs or steals food or money from classmates
    • Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses
    • Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor
    • Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather
    • Abuses alcohol or other drugs
    • States there is no one at home to provide care

    Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver:

    • Appears to be indifferent to the child
    • Seems apathetic or depressed
    • Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner
    • Is abusing alcohol or other drugs

    Signs of Sexual Abuse

    Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:

    • Has difficulty walking or sitting
    • Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities
    • Clinginess; fear of being left alone with a particular person or at a particular place
    • Recurrent nightmares; disturbed sleep patterns; sudden fear of the dark
    • Sudden regression to infantile behavior such as bedwetting, thumb sucking, excessive crying
    • Desire to engage in self destructive behavior such as biting oneself, pulling out hair, wrist-cutting
    • May express unusual interest or knowledge about sexual matters, express affection in inappropriate ways for a child his or her age
    • Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior
    • Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age fourteen
    • Runs away
    • Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver

    Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:

    • Is unduly protective of the child, severely limits the child’s contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex
    • Is secretive and isolated
    • Describes marital difficulties involving family power struggles or sexual relations

    Signs of Emotional Maltreatment

    Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the child:

    • Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity or aggression
    • Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)
    • Is delayed in physical or emotional development
    • Has attempted suicide
    • Reports a lack of attachment to the parent

    Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:

    • Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child
    • Is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child’s school problems
    • Overtly rejects the child
  • Elder Abuse

    Elder Abuse

    Washington State law under RCW TITLE 74, CHAPTER 74.34.020 defines Elder abuse, or vulnerable adult, as “the willful action or inaction that inflicts injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment on a vulnerable adult. In instances of abuse of a vulnerable adult who is unable to express or demonstrate physical harm, pain, or mental anguish, the abuse is presumed to cause physical harm, pain, or mental anguish. Abuse includes sexual abuse, mental abuse, physical abuse, and personal exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and improper use of restraint against a vulnerable adult”.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department investigates crimes against elders and dependent adults within the department’s contract cities and unincorporated areas. The department is committed to the successful prosecution of those committing crimes against elders and dependent adults.

    For more information or to help stop elder abuse, visit the ? or call the ?

    If you or someone you know is a victim of elder or dependent abuse, contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (360) 385-3831

    ABUSE

    Types of Abuse: Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Financial, Neglect

        • Physical – striking, hitting, pushing, shoving, physical restraint, lack of medical care
        • Sexual- Non-consensual acts, sexual assault, sexual exploitation
        • Emotional/Psychological-threats, insults, intimidation, harassment, isolation
        • Financial- fraud, forgery, identity theft, scams, embezzlement
        • Neglect- Denial of or inadequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, provision for basic needs

    To learn more about types of abuse click here: National Center on Elder Abuse

    Possible Signs of Abuse:

        • Bruises, swelling, fractures, cuts, wounds, rope marks or unexplained/untreated injuries
        • Sudden changes in behavior
        • Report from medical professional of possible abuse
        • Caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see elder alone

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    IDENTITY THEFT

    Identity theft is the obtaining of the personal identifying information of another person and the use of that information for any unlawful purpose. Never give out any personal identifying information unless you initiated the call and know who you are talking to. To learn more about Identity Theft and how you can protect yourself against.</p

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    SCAMS

    Criminals are targeting the elderly with numerous scams designed to earn your trust and steal your money. Often these scams seem like legitimate causes, or even opportunities to help the less fortunate. But they are not. Sadly some people make their “living” by using fraud and deceit to trick unwitting victims into giving them money. Always confirm the cause is legitimate before sending any money. An honest person or business won’t mind if you check their legitimacy, a scammer will.

    To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself or a loved one click on one or more of the following links:

FIREARMS LAW & TRAINING

FIREARMS LAW & TRAINING CONTENT

(AUTO SOURCED AND SORTED CHRONOLOGICALLY)

INTRODUCTION

In this section of the Web Site you will find a very basic video that depicts the safe and proper handling of a firearm.  It is strongly recommended that whether or not you own a firearm that you at least become aware of the basic safety techniques.

Firearms safety is a topic that is debated nearly every day in the media.  For that reason, we, the Directors of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation feel it is not only necessary but responsible for us to clarify our position relating to weapons (guns).

The majority of our Board of Directors took an oath when entering the military or starting in Law Enforcement to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America which includes the 2nd Amendment.  We have all carried a weapon during our service and firmly believe in the necessity of Arming Law Enforcement even though very few Peace Officers ever use a weapon.

We strongly agree that the laws currently on the books must by obeyed.

The Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation bylaws prohibit the Corporation from becoming involved in any way with politics and each and every one of us agrees with that provision.

Hopefully the above comments will clarify our position to all.

We plan to include weapons safety videos and articles that we feel are appropriate for all citizens basic knowledge as well as the location of ranges within the county where those interested may seek further instruction or practice.

Doug Henderson, President
Jefferson County Sheriffs Foundation

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Do you want to know what volunteers DO for the Sheriff’s Office?

Let me first tell you what we don’t do.  We do not carry a badge, wear a gun or write tickets.  Granted, there are times when we do wish we could “educate” people by giving them a ticket but we can’t do that.

What we do is check someone’s home when they’re on vacation.  We can certify that a vehicle left on someone’s property is just “junk”. This allows the property owner to legally have the vehicle disposed of, towed away…  Another of our duties is crowd control during the Rhody Parade, Quilcene days or anywhere requested all at no charge of course.

We also change out batteries for clients of Project Lifesaver.  Project Lifesaver provides wrist transmitters for people that may be developmentally disabled or otherwise may “wander” away from home and not find their way home.  The transmitter allows trained personnel to locate the client using radio direction finders.

We work in the Sheriff’s Office filling in for the office personnel when needed temporarily.  We purge old files from the old case files.  We help out the Sheriff’s Office when a squad car needs to be delivered to or retrieved from the West End Sheriff’s Office.

Our volunteers provide over 4000 hours of service to the Sheriff’s Office every year.  Without the volunteers the Sheriff would have to dedicate TWO deputy’s to perform our duties.