Common Animal Violations

Animal bites:
Must be reported to the department. Driven by the department of health.

Barking dogs:
It is unlawful to allow an animal to disturb any person by audible sound. First complaints are issued a warning; subsequent complaints within one year can result in a summons to court. (Ordinance #)

Animal neglect:
It is unlawful for the owner of any animal to deprive such animal of adequate and wholesome food and water, protection from the elements, opportunity for exercise, adequate veterinary care, or to otherwise neglect the animal in such a manner as to endanger its health or cause it to suffer. 

Dogs at large:
If you find a dog at large, please contact dispatch at (970) 350-9600 or bring it the department. It is unlawful for the owner of a dog to fail to restrain it from running at large. If an animal is caught at large a citation can be issued. (Ordinance #)

Restrictions on Possession of Animals:
Citizens are permitted to own/harbor no more than three dogs or cats. Please check the municipal code for restrictions on exotic animals (snakes, lizards, etc.), small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.) and livestock. (Ordinance #)

Breed Specific Ban:
There is not any breed specific laws in place. The City has adopted rules designed to control dangerous and vicious animals in the City. The City opted for this control method rather than a ban on specific breeds because research shows the problem more influenced by owner negligence than breed.