An ordinance requiring all pet owners to pay for shelter, veterinary and other enforcement costs for animals that wind up in Snohomish County’s custody received County Council approval Wednesday.
The change amends existing county code that lets an owner or custodian off the hook for reimbursing the county if they don’t take the animal back.
The council voted 5-0 for the change, which generated no public comment or opposition during a morning hearing.
Council members also passed unanimously another ordinance that gives dog owners an appeals process for violations involving dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.
County Executive Aaron Reardon must sign the changes before they become law.