El Paso County Animal Law Enforcement

The El Paso County Division of Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) provides animal control services to:

  • Colorado Springs
  • Resolution Areas of Unincorporated El Paso County
  • Fountain
  • Monument

ALE’s primary function is to enforce Ordinances, Codes, and Colorado Revised Statutes that address domestic animals.  These laws primarily pertain to:

  • Animals running at large
  • Bites (domestic and wild animals)
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Dangerous animals
  • Keeping of animals/sanitary requirements
  • Licensing and vaccination requirements
  • Noisy pets

Animal Law Enforcement Officers are empowered with authority by the Cities and Counties served.  Officers may also be Agents of the Bureau of Animal Protection.  All ALE Officers are recognized as Peace Officers by 30-15-105 and 30-42-107 C.R.S.

ALE also proactively pursues resolution to human animal conflict by providing positive responsible pet ownership education.  In 2010 the ALE Department attended more than 120 public events. 

2010 Quick Facts

  • 23,518 Field responses
  • 3,861 Animal cruelty/neglect responses
  • 1,039 Dangerous animal cases
  • 1,088 Animal bites investigated
  • 21,103 Animals handled
  • 96,441 Telephone calls answered

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