This is an excellent question, and one that isn’t as simple to answer as you may think.
Whether a dog is a stray or not sometimes depends on the laws in your particular area.
In Ferry County, only the city of Republic has a leash law.
If you are within Republic city limits, and spot an unaccompanied dog off leash, that dog is a stray dog. If you find a stray dog in the city limits, you should:
1. Check the dog for a collar and ID or licensing tags; the city also has a dog licensing law, so all dogs that live within city limits should have a license tag on their collars.
2. If there is a collar with tags, but no identification that provides the owner’s contact info, you can find the owner’s info by calling City Hall with the dog license tag information, . . . → Read More: ASK THE SHELTER: What is a “stray” dog, and what do I do if I find one?