Craig Police Department506 Second Street Craig, Alaska 99921
One of the many responsibilities of the Department is animal control within the city limits of Craig.
Common animal complaints:
running at large
Dogs without city license tags
Dumpster diving black bears
a domesticated animal is impounded, normally a dog, it will be housed at the Craig Animal Impound until the owner can be located or
adopted to a new family. Unfortunately, we can only hold animals for a short time.
Please, if you have lost your dog, contact
the Department immediately with a description of the dog and the dog's name. Officers are patrolling night and day, and will keep
an eye out for your pet. If found, you will be contacted immediately to pick up your family pet. Please do not wait several day to
contact the Department - the sooner we know, the sooner we can start helping.
ADOPTING A DOG
When an animal is impounded, it is
available for adoption after a 24 hours period. There is no cost for adoptions. Anyone adopting a dog from the Department will be
issued the first set of city dog tags FREE OF CHARGE.
If you are interested in adopting, please contact the department and let
us know what type of dog you would be willing to adopt. If the department impounds or rescues a dog of interest, we will contact you
after the 24 hour period.
During the fall months (Sept - Nov) we see an invasion of black bears in the East Craig area and sometimes West Craig. During these
months, the bears are feeding and storing up for the long winter hibernation and will normally eat "ANYTHING". Goodies out of dumpsters
and your trash can are the best!
If you start having problems with a black bear getting into your trash cans, please store your
trash can in a garage or shed until the pickup day. We have found that after a few days, the bear will not return. By removing their
food source, you reduce these nightly visits. These are beautiful animals and no one enjoys seeing them destroyed. With your cooperation,
we can reduce the fall bear problems in Craig.
For more information on Black Bears, click this link
Bald Eagles are a common sight on Prince of Wales Island and in Craig. These are majestic birds; but annually we receive numerous
calls into the Dispatch Center about people feeding them. This is a problem we see more during the summer months - people with good
intentions leaving fish carcasses out for the eagles to feed on. Although this presents a great opportunity for picture taking, it
is also illegal. When the eagle sees the food, they will move in slowly, landing on telephone wires and transformers with high voltage.
Eagles are another common call we receive. If you find an injured Bald Eagle, please do not touch it. Call the Department or the U.S.
Forest Service immediately. Normally an eagle with a minor injury just needs some time to regroup, than it will fly off.
CRAIG MUNICIPAL CODE 7.01.0
207.02.050 Biting dogs.
A. Any dog which has twice (at any time in thedog's history) engaged in biting
any human beingsor kills animals, is hereby declared to be a nuisance,and shall not be kept within the city. If anysuch dog is found
within the city, it shall beimpounded and disposed of as an unredeemed dog,and the owner shall have no right to redeem suchdog. The
method of disposal shall be the same asthat in CMC 7.04.060, for dogs impounded overthree days.
7.04.010 Running at large prohibited.
A. It is unlawful for the owner of any domesticanimal to allow the animal to run at large in
thecity.(AS 34.50.020). [Ord. 245 § 4, 1985.]
7.04.020 Control of dogs.
It is unlawful for the owner or keeper of anydog:
A. To permit a dog to run at large within thecity at any
B. To permit a dog to frequent public schoolgrounds during school hours:
C. To permit a dog in public parks except on aleash and
subject to all applicable rules and regulationspertaining to the use of parks;
D. To permit a dog to enter a church, unless thedog
is a seeing eye dog assisting a vision-impairedperson;
E. To permit a dog to enter a market or otherplace where food is stored, prepared,
served or soldto the public, or any other public place or hall(except for animal shows or other exhibition purposes,veterinarians'
offices, kennels, or places forwhich the licensing official has issued a permit); or
F. To harbor or keep a barking dog, whosebarking,
howling, or whining is audible to personson adjacent property, and such persons have madean official complaint in writing.
A. Except where a different penalty is specificallyprescribed, a violation of any provision of thistitle shall be
a noncriminal infraction, punishableby a civil penalty of not less than $25.00 and notmore than $300.00 as further specified in subsection(C)
of this section.
B. If a violation continues, each day's violationshall be deemed a separate violation.
C. The city, in enforcing this
title, will utilizewritten citations and a system of graduated penalties,as follows:
1. For the first violation of any provision ofthis
title: $25.00 fine (court appearance not mandatory);
2. For the second violation of the same provisionof this title: $50.00 fine (court
3. For the third violation of the same provisionof this title: $100.00 fine (court appearancenot mandatory);
For the fourth (or subsequent) violation ofthis title: $300.00 fine (court appearance mandatory).
7.06.010 Annual license required.
It is unlawful to keep or harbor a dog over sixmonths of age within the city limits unless a doglicense
has been procured for the dog from the city.[Ord. 245 § 4, 1985.]
7.08.010 Animal care.
It is unlawful for any person to:
A. Knowingly fail to provide an animal ownedor in the custody of such person
with adequate foodand water and shelter sufficient to the animal'sneeds. First offense is $50.00, second offense is$100.00 and third
offense is $300.00 (citation bailable).
B. Knowingly abandon an animal which isowned or in the custody of such a person. Firstoffense
is $50.00, second offense is $100.00 andthird offense is $300.00 (citation bailable).
C. Recklessly inflict severe and prolongedphysical
pain or suffering on an animal. Minimumfine of $100.00 and maximum of $300.00 dependingon the circumstances (mandatory court appearance).
Knowingly neglect an animal, thereby causingdeath or severe pain or suffering to the animal.Minimum fine of $100.00 and maximum of$300.00
depending on the circumstances (mandatorycourt appearance). [Ord. 383 § 5, 1994.]
Animals and Pets in Craig
506 Second Street
Craig, AK 99921
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Areas of Interest
Alaska Criminal Codes