10-27-21 Dangerous Animal Designation Board Volunteer Sought

For immediate release: October 27, 2021

For more information contact: Bill Teitzel, 360-740-1261 – bill.teitzel@lewiscountywa.gov

Dangerous Animal Designation Board Volunteers Sought

Chehalis, WA – Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) is seeking a community volunteer to fill a vacant position on the Dangerous Animal Designation (DAD) Board. This five-member board conducts hearings when county residents receive a dangerous animal notification from Lewis County.

According to LCPHSS Environmental Services Division Supervisor Bill Teitzel, county residents have historically shown tremendous interest in animal welfare. This board was created to enhance public participation in the dangerous animal designation process.

County residents who receive a dangerous animal notification from Lewis County are required to attend a hearing where, based on evidence presented, the hearings officer(s) determine if the animal is to be declared dangerous. The DAD board conducts these hearings. Hearings are held on the fourth Monday of each month. In the event there are no cases to consider, the time will be utilized for training or other official business.

Teitzel said that while the caseload varies, on average one or two cases per month are typically heard in the spring and summer with fewer cases in the fall and winter. Each case hearing is 60 to 90 minutes long.

Desired qualifications for applicants include the ability to:

  • Read and interpret Lewis County Code, specifically 6.05.050.
  • Pay attention in a highly emotional setting.
  • Apply the evidence and facts to Lewis County Code.
  • Be non-partial.
  • Recuse oneself from hearings which personal/professional acquaintances or family may be involved.
  • Understand the basic nature of animals.

Applications are available at www.lewiscountywa.gov or on the third floor of the LCPHSS building at 360 NW North Street in downtown Chehalis. Application deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021. Once all applications are reviewed, the Lewis County Board of Commissioners will appoint one candidate to a three-year term on the DAD Board. For more information about the Board and its duties, contact Bill Teitzel at 360-740-1261. Download full news release

# # #

Posted: October 27, 2021