The Code Enforcement Officer’s responsibilities focus on animal cases, with an emphasis on code violations pertaining to dogs. Two other areas of value to the community as a result of the Code Enforcement Officer’s efforts are handling weed and sidewalk snow removal complaints. During 2018 the Code Enforcement Officer responded to or was assigned with 346 animal-related calls. In addition to animal incidents, the Code Enforcement Officer responded to 33 noxious weed complaints and 116 abandoned bicycle retrievals. A separate responsibility performed exceptionally by the Code Enforcement Officer is deployment of our radar trailer throughout the City.
The department continues to work in partnership with the Humane Society of the Palouse through a personal services agreement. In 2018 the Animal Shelter took in 327 dogs and 328 cats. The shelter was able to return 303 dogs and 317 cats to their owners or successfully rehome them. Moscow City Code title 10-5-2 requires that all dogs be registered with the City of Moscow or the Humane Society. Dog licenses may be purchased for the lifetime of the animal for the following costs:
Spayed or neutered dog: $25
Non-spayed or neutered dog: $35
Bicycle licenses can also be purchased for $7 at the department.