Chapter 6.04 - Animal Control
1. The name, address and telephone number of the owner of the vaccinated dog or cat;
2. The date of vaccination;
3. The breed, age, color and sex of the vaccinated dog or cat;
4. The expiration date of vaccination; and
5. The number of the vaccination tag issued.
The veterinarian shall deliver a copy of the certificate to the owner, retain the original for his or her files, and send a copy to the Enforcement Agent/License Officer. It is unlawful for any owner of any dog to fail or refuse to exhibit his or her copy of the vaccination certificate upon demand to any person charged with the enforcement of this chapter.
B. Any person having knowledge of a dog or cat bite shall immediately report the incident to the Pueblo City-County Health Department, Animal Control Officer, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department, or Enforcement Agent/License Officer. Any dog or cat which has bitten a person shall be observed for a period of fourteen (14) days from the date of the bite. The procedure and place of observation shall be designated by the investigating officer. If the dog or cat is not confined to the owner’s premises, confinement shall be in the Pueblo Animal Shelter or at any veterinary hospital of the owner’s choice. Such confinement shall be at the expense of the owner. Stray dogs or cats whose owners cannot be located shall be confined in the Pueblo Animal Shelter. The owner of any dog or cat that has been reported as having inflicted a bite on any person shall, upon demand, produce the dog or cat for quarantine as prescribed in this section. Refusal to produce the dog or cat constitutes a violation of this section, and each day of such refusal shall constitute a separate and individual violation hereof. It is unlawful for any person to remove from any place of confinement any dog or cat which has been isolated or quarantined as authorized by this section without the prior written consent of the impounding agency. (Res. 05-115 (part); Res. 92-396 § 3)
It shall be unlawful for any person to commit or to assist another in committing any act of cruelty, harassment, abandonment or torture to any animal, or to cause such animal to be wounded, mutilated, strangled or inhumanely killed. For the purpose of this Section, act of cruelty shall include but not be limited to beating, mistreating, tormenting, overloading, overworking, neglecting, failing to adequately feed or otherwise abusing any animal. It shall also be unlawful for any person to cause, instigate or permit any dog fight or combat between animals or between animals and humans. Any person who violates this provision shall be guilty of a Class 1 petty offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ninety (90) days, or both by such fine and imprisonment for each separate offense in conjunction with the requirements of Section 6.04.060 of Chapter 6.04 of the Pueblo County Code. (Res. 18-026)
B. An animal shelter shall be provided for the purpose of boarding and caring for any dog or cat impounded under this chapter and such shelter shall be constructed to facilitate cleaning and sanitizing and shall provide fenced runs and adequate heating, food and water supply.
C. It shall be the duty of any Enforcement Agent/License Officer to seize and impound in the Pueblo Animal Shelter any and all dogs found running at large without the accompaniment of the owner or any other person having direct control of the dog within the unincorporated area of Pueblo County, Colorado, including the Towns of Rye and Boone. If any dog is found running at large or off the premises, lot or parcel of land of the owner or any person having custody of the dog in violation of this chapter, or when any such dog is followed back to the premises, lot or parcel of land, it may be taken up and impounded and/or the owner or person having custody of the dog may be fined as provided herein. Those persons who have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter may pursue any dog running at large across private property without liability for trespassing.
1. For impounding any animal, thirty dollars ($30.00) for the 1st offense, forty dollars ($40.00) for the 2nd offense, and sixty dollars ($60.00) for the 3rd offense and any subsequent offenses in any twelve month period.
2. In addition, for the care and feeding of any dog or cat, ten dollars ($10) per day and for any dog or cat quarantined at the shelter, the care and feeding shall be fifteen dollars ($15) per day.
A. It shall be unlawful and a violation under Section 6.04.060 of this Chapter 6.04 for any person to own, keep, or harbor a dog or cat over the age of six (6) months within Pueblo County without obtaining a license for such dog or cat.
B. This Section shall not apply to dogs or cats;
1. Temporarily within Pueblo County for not more than thirty (30) days;
2. Located in licensed pet shops or at licensed dog racing facilities; or
3. Held for redemption or sale by a licensed animal shelter. (Res. 09-141)
A. Applications for licenses shall be made on forms furnished by the License Officer.
B. Upon presentation of an application together with a copy of the vaccination certificate or the Exemption from Rabies Vaccination Form issued for the dog or cat, pursuant to Section 6.04.020, to the License Officer, or a veterinarian or licensed animal shelter, designated in writing by the License Officer, and payment of the appropriate license fee, a license receipt for the dog or cat and tag bearing a number corresponding to that of the receipt shall be issued. If an application is made to license a spayed/neutered dog or cat, the applicant shall, in addition, furnish satisfactory evidence that the dog or cat had been spayed/neutered, which evidence may consist of a certificate signed by a veterinarian or an affidavit of the owner that the dog or cat has been spayed/neutered. Without such evidence, the license issued and fee paid shall be for a dog or cat which has not been spayed/neutered.
C. The person issuing the license shall complete a license receipt on forms furnished by the License Officer, file the original with the License Officer, and deliver a copy to the owner.
D. Licenses may be renewed upon payment of the necessary fees and presentation of a current vaccination certificate issued pursuant to Section 6.04.020. If a license is not renewed within sixty (60) days after the license expires, a completed application for a new license must be made pursuant to subsection B. above.
E. Applications for licenses may be made in person, by mail, or electronically, if available.
F. Licenses and tags are not transferable. (Res. 11-108 § 2; Res. 09-141)
A. Licenses and tags may be issued and be valid for one (1) year or three (3) years from the date of issuance.
B. The license fee for one (1) year shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each dog or cat which has not been spayed/neutered or twelve dollars ($12.00) for each dog or cat which has been spayed/neutered.
C. The license fee for three (3) years shall be sixty-five dollars ($65.00) for each dog or cat which has not been spayed/neutered or thirty-three dollars ($33.00) for each dog or cat which has been spayed/neutered.
D. License fees shall not be prorated or refunded.
E. If a license tag or license receipt issued in accordance with this Section is lost or destroyed, a duplicate tag or receipt may be reissued for the payment of five dollars ($5.00).
F. Veterinarians issuing a license under this Section shall retain one dollar ($1.00) for each one-year license issued and three dollars ($3.00) for each three-year license issued, and shall surrender the balance of all license fees collected as the License Officer may direct.
G. No license fee shall be required for:
1. Guide dogs for the blind or deaf;
2. Service dogs used by the handicapped; or
3. Law enforcement service and rescue dogs.
H. The Board of County Commissioners may by resolution increase or decrease the license fees and other fees authorized by this Section.
I. All license fees and other fees shall be paid to and collected by the License Officer. The License Officer shall hold such fees in trust for the use and benefit of Pueblo County and pay and disburse such fees as directed in writing by the Board of County Commissioners. (Res. 11-48 (part) Res. 09-141)
A. It shall be unlawful and a violation under Section 6.04.060 of this Chapter 6.04 for owner of a dog over the age of six (6) months or older to fail to cause the license tag to be attached to the collar, harness, or other device worn by the licensed dog and to thereafter maintain the license tag upon such dog. If any dog is found not wearing a collar with the license tag attached, the owner of the dog shall be deemed in violation of this Section.
B. It shall not be required of the owner of any cat to affix the license tag to the licensed cat; however, it shall be unlawful and a violation under Section 6.04.060 of this Chapter 6.04 for the owner of a cat to fail or refuse to exhibit the tag issued for the cat and his or her copy of the license receipt upon demand of any person enforcing this Section. (Res. 09-141)
A. No person shall display any dog or cat for the purpose of selling or giving the dog or cat away:
1. On any street, highway, alley sidewalk, public place or park; or
2. In an open area where the public is invited by the owner or person controlling such
area, including, but not limited to, areas exterior to shops or businesses, carnivals, and
B. Subsection A.2. above shall not be applicable to the display of any dog or cat for adoption by the Shelter Operator or by a tax-exempt nonprofit organization whose propose is to protect dogs and cats, including the humane treatment and disposition of dogs and cats; provided, however, that such organization:
1. Holds a current license issued un the Colorado Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act for a
pet animal facility located in Pueblo County, Colorado.
2. Does not engage in the business of breeding or raising dogs or cats; and
3. Does not coax or cajole any person to adopt a dog or cat.
C. It shall be unlawful and a violation under Section 6.04.060 for any person to violate any provision of the Section. (Res. 09-141)
In addition to the authority granted elsewhere in this Chapter, any enforcement agents/license officers shall have authority to trap or apprehend, and to impound, any cat found at large or off of its owner’s property if the enforcement agent/license officer has cause to believe that one (1) or more cats in an area are presenting, or may contribute to creation of, a public nuisance. (Res. 09-141)
The requirements of Sections 6.04.070 through 6.04.075 shall not apply to persons engaged in farming or ranching operations on parcels of land of five acres or more. (Res. 09-141)