Animal Issues

Dog Doo

Though it is not illegal to allow your dog to poop on someone else’s property, it is illegal if the excrement is not removed immediately. Be a good neighbor and bear in mind that some neighbors put a lot of work into maintaining their landscaping. It is best to avoid any conflict by steering your canine to the tree lawn, which is public right of way. Denver Ordinances (Sec. 8-73.) requires that all dog excrement is removed immediately from any property that is not your own, public or private!

Dogs Off Leash Sec. 8-16. - Leash law.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper of any dog to fail to prevent the same to run at large.

It shall be the duty of the chief of police, and all other police officers and all animal protection officers, to see that a dog found running at large is taken up and impounded in the Denver Animal Shelter, and such dog may be so taken up without the necessity of filing a complaint and shall be impounded and disposed of in accordance with provisions of article VII of this chapter.

Barking Dogs Sec. 8-17. - Barking dog.

It shall be unlawful for an owner or keeper of any dog to fail to prevent such dog from disturbing any person or neighborhood by loud and persistent or habitual barking, howling, or yelping.

An administrative citation or a summons and complaint issued for violation of this section shall be: -Signed by an animal protection officer that personally witnessed the violation; -Supported by at least two (2) identified complaining witnesses from separate households; or -Supported by one (1) complaining witness if there also exists competent evidence admissible at trial to prove a prima facie case of a violation of this section.

To report complaints or City Ordinance violations regarding dogs or other animals call Denver’s Animal Control at 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311.