Pitbulls, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and the mixes of these breeds are considered “potentially dangerous dogs” within the City of Everett.
Dogs that have bitten or acted aggressively may also be declared potentially dangerous.
All potentially dangerous dogs are required to be contained in the owner’s house or in a kennel with secure sides, top and a locked gate. The kennel must provide adequate protection from the elements and water.
Potentially dangerous dogs may be walked on a leash by a responsible person but must wear a muzzle when outside of the kennel or the owner’s house. However, pit bulls and their mixes need not wear a muzzle unless they have been aggressive or have bitten.
At no time may a potentially dangerous dog be tied or chained outside, loose in a fenced yard, or off leash in an off-leash park.
All potentially dangerous dogs are required to be registered, licensed and microchipped within 30 days of entering the City of Everett or being declared potentially dangerous.
Violation of this ordinance is a gross misdemeanor and is punishable by up to $5,000 fine, a year in jail, or a combination of both.