This compilation of regulations includes the Washington Department of Health's sanitation rules involving the possession, maintenance, and disposal of animals.
For the purpose of these regulations, a public or common nuisance shall be considered as that which is set up, maintained or continued so as to be injurious to the health, or an obstruction to the use of property by interfering with the repose, health, safety or life of any considerable number of persons.
Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as S 246-203-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Regulation .50.010, effective 3/11/60.
(1) Definitions. For the purpose of this regulation the following definitions apply:
(a) “Burial” means completely covering with soil in a manner and location not requiring a permit for a landfill under chapter 70.95 RCW, Solid waste management-Reduction and recycling.
(b) “Composting” means a process of controlled aerobic decomposition in compliance with chapter 70.95 RCW, Solid waste management-Reduction and recycling.
(c) “Dead animal” means the carcass or tissue from an animal, large or small, except part of an animal used for food or other beneficial purpose in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. “Dead animal” does not mean a fish or other primarily aquatic animal.
(d) “Incineration” means controlled and monitored combustion for the purposes of volume reduction and pathogen destruction in an enclosed device approved by the department of ecology or the local air pollution control authority under chapter 70.94 RCW, Washington Clean Air Act, and chapter 70.95 RCW, Solid waste management-Reduction and recycling.
(e) “Landfilling” means a process of disposal at a permitted facility where solid waste is permanently placed in or on land in compliance with rules adopted by the department of ecology under chapter 70.95 RCW, Solid waste management-Reduction and recycling.
(f) “Livestock” means horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits, llamas, alpacas, ratites, poultry, waterfowl, game birds, or other species according to RCW 16.36.005.
(g) “Natural decomposition” means natural decay on the surface of the ground without cover material.
(h) “Rendering” means heat processing according to requirements under chapter 16.68 RCW, Disposal of dead animals.
(2) Disposal methods.
(a) Within seventy-two hours after death or discovery, the owner of a dead animal or, if the owner of the animal cannot be identified, the owner of the property on which the animal is found must properly dispose of the dead animal. A dead animal must be covered or otherwise removed from public view immediately upon discovery by the person responsible for disposing of the dead animal.
(b) The person responsible for disposal of a dead animal must dispose of it in a manner so as not to become a public or common nuisance or cause pollution of surface or ground water.
(c) The person responsible for disposal of a dead animal must dispose of it by burial, landfilling, incineration, composting, rendering, or another method approved by the local health officer (such as natural decomposition) that is not otherwise prohibited by federal, state, or local law or regulation.
(d) A person disposing of a dead animal by burial must place it so that every part is covered by at least three feet of soil; at a location not less than one hundred feet from any well, spring, stream or other surface waters; not in a low-lying area subject to seasonal flooding or within a one hundred-year flood plain; and not in a manner likely to contaminate ground water.
(e) A person disposing of a dead animal must not bury or compost it within the sanitary control area of a public drinking water supply source as designated under chapter 246-290 WAC, Public water supplies, or chapter 246-291 WAC, Group B public water systems.
(f) The local health officer may specify the method of disposal for a dead animal if:
(i) The animal died with a communicable disease transmissible to humans; or
(ii) The local health officer considers a public health emergency to exist.
(g) The provisions of RCW 16.36.092 and chapter 16-25 WAC supersede the provisions of this regulation for the disposal of a livestock animal that has died because of disease or unknown cause.
Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050(2). 07-14-149, S 246-203-121, filed 7/5/07, effective 8/5/07.
(1) Any person, firm or corporation is prohibited from keeping or sheltering animals in such a manner that a condition resulting from same shall constitute a nuisance.
(2) In populous districts, stable manure must be kept in a covered watertight pit or chamber and shall be removed at least once a week during the period from April 1st to October 1st and, during the other months, at intervals sufficiently frequent to maintain a sanitary condition satisfactory to the health officer. Manure on farms or isolated premises other than dairy farms need not be so protected and removed unless ordered by the health officer.
(3) Manure shall not be allowed to accumulate in any place where it can prejudicially affect any source of drinking water.
Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as S 246-203-130, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Regulation .50.130, effective 3/11/60.
(1) No pigsty or piggery shall be built or maintained on marshy ground or land subject to overflow, nor within 200 feet of any stream or other source of water supply.
(2) When garbage is fed to pigs all unconsumed garbage shall be removed daily and disposed of by burial or incineration.
(3) No organic material furnishing food for flies shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises.
(4) All garbage shall be handled and fed upon platforms of concrete or other impervious material.
(5) Unslaked lime, hypochlorite of lime, borax or mineral oil shall be used daily in sufficient quantities to prevent offensive odors and the breeding to flies.
(6) All garbage, offal and flesh fed to swine must be sterilized by cooking before feeding.
Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as S 246-203-180, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Order 44, S 248-50-180, filed 12/11/70; Regulation .50.180, effective 3/11/60.
The use of any disease-producing organisms such as the so-called “rat viruses” or any bacteria for the purpose of rodent extermination is prohibited.
Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as S 246-203-200, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; Regulation .50.200, effective 3/11/60.