Animal Law Enforcement FAQ

What can I do about a neighbor’s barking dog?

Contact Animal Law Enforcement at 719-473-1741 with barking dog's address.

If no complaints have previously been made there are 2 options:
1. Animal Law Enforcement can send a letter in the mail advising the pet owner of the barking complaint or
2. Animal Law Enforcement can dispatch an officer to issue a written warning giving the pet owner 72 hours from the date the warning was issued to abate the noise. The written warning requires the eye witness be identified by name only on the notice issued to the pet owner. Once the written warning has been issued any further complaints must be a signed complaint. The signed complaint is a penalty assessment or summons to court and requires corroborating evidence.

Why am I required to give my name/address for a noisy pet complaint?

In order for a written warning to be issued the law requires an Animal Law Enforcement Officer to identify the eye witness by name to the pet owner. The law also requires the Officer verify that the eye witness is within 500 feet of the nuisance animal.

I own a dog in order to protect my house. Is there a time when my dog is allowed to be barking?

No. Any unprovoked and persistent barking during any time of the day or night that disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood is unlawful.

Do I have to license my cat even though she never goes outside?

In the city of Colorado Springs yes, but not in any other area of  El Paso County.

My neighbor’s dog is always loose. What can I do?

Call animal law enforcement whenever the dog is currently at large and an office will patrol for the dog. If the dog is not currently at large and the pet owner's location is known the eye witness can request a warning letter be sent to the pet owner's address, or the eye witness may sign a complaint against the pet owner and a penalty assessment or summons to court will be issued. Evidence produces stronger cases, but not required.

Where are the Off-Leash parks?

We are fortunate to live in a very pet-friendly region. There are many off-leash dog parks within our communities. Click here for a list of off-leash dog parks in Colorado.

Who do I call for dead animal removal?

  • Colorado Springs Road Department (719) 385-5934
  • El Paso County Road Department (719) 520-6460
  • Pueblo Animal Law Enforcement (719) 544-3005
  • Centennial Public Works (303) 325-8000
  • For dead animal removal on public streets in Douglas County, call Douglas County Sheriff Office (303) 660-7500
  • For dead animal removal on Highways or Interstates in Douglas County, call Colorado Department of Transportation (303) 757-9514

What do I do with my deceased animal?

A deceased animal can be taken to your local veterinarian or to your local animal shelter for disposal. We recommend that you contact your veterinarian or the animal shelter before transporting the animals so that they may answer any questions you may have.

What do I do if I found or lost a pet?

When your beloved dog or cat strays, it can be a traumatic experience. It is important that you go to your local animal shelter and look through the kennels to see if your missing companion has been turned in or picked up. If you do not see your pet there, be certain to fill out a lost report. Most shelters also have a website on which you can search through impounded animals so make certain that you check regularly.

Remember that proper and accurate identification is critical in assisting with getting your pet back home. Be sure that your contact information on your pet's license and microchip are up to date as sometimes updating such information is easily forgotten during a move.

What do I do if my dog is missing?

Come into HSPPR during business hours to check if your pet is at the shelter, and if not search found reports. If your pet is not found, fill out a lost report and monitor HSPPR.ORG and continue to check the shelter.

Who do I call for low cost vet care/vaccinations?

Any veterinarian can administer vaccinations and advise of their cost of service. You can find a list of our veterinarian partners under the resources tab of HSPPR.ORG.

Do you administer vaccinations/perform surgeries for my pet?

HSPPR does perform low cost spay/neuters, but we do not administer any vaccinations.

Are chickens legal? How many can I have?

Yes, chickens are legal in all of El Paso County.

Colorado Springs: 10 chickens, no roosters.
Fountain: 10 chickens.
Monument: 6 chickens in R1 and R2 zones only.
County Leash Law areas:  A reasonable number of chickens are allow', but no roosters enforced by county zoning.
Out of leash law area: No maximum # and roosters are allowed. Enforced by county zoning.

What is considered adequate shelter?

A structure that has 3 sides, roof, floor and is of adequate size and build to protect from the elements.


What can I do about stray cats on my property?

Stray cats can be humanely trapped and brought into HSPPR. HSPPR does rent out traps for a refundable deposit of $65.

What do I do if there is a skunk/bat/snake on my property?

Do not touch any wild animal! HSPPR will respond to  deceased bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes only if they have had contact by a domestic animal or the possibility of exposure to a domestic animal or human. We do picked live bats that are inside a residence or the possibility of exposure to domestic  animals outside as well. In all other cases please contact a pest control company for removal or Division of Wildlife for questions regarding wildlife.

How should I prepare my pets for emergencies and disasters?

Making a plan for your pets in case of an unexpected emergency or disaster is an important step to take as a responsible pet owner. Click here for tips from FEMA or watch the video clip below to learn more.

What are the procedures for an animal bite?

Colorado Revised Statue 25-4-603 requires all animal bites be reported within twelve (12) hours. If you have been bitten by an animal or your pet has bitten someone call your local Animal Law Enforcement division immediately (see contact for appropriate phone numbers). If the bite occurs after normal hours of operation and the biting animal is still at large and a threat to public safety, call your local police department or sheriff’s office, or dial 911.

An animal law enforcement officer will contact the owner and victim to complete a bite report and to quarantine the animal. Domestic pets are quarantined for 10 days from the date of the bite or exposure, including the day of the bite or exposure. Quarantines generally require confinement at the owner's home to prevent the animal from wandering or from coming into contact with people or pets that do not live in the same household. Home quarantines are normally permitted unless the owner is unwilling or unable to securely confine the animal during the quarantine period or when there are Dangerous Animal charges filed or pending. If animals are not quarantined at home, they are confined at a veterinary hospital or the animal shelter. Officers determine quarantine sites based on the circumstances of each incident on a case-by-case basis. Home quarantines are not an owner's right, but a courtesy extended to responsible owners. Quarantines at locations other than the owner's home will be at the owner's expenses.

After the 10-Quarantine period has ended, an animal law enforcement officer will follow-up to ensure the animal does not exhibit any signs or symptoms that are consistent with the rabies virus and release the animal from quarantine. This is a matter of public safety and health and must be taken seriously.  

What can I do about my pet’s behavioral problems?

Patience and consistency are the keys to successful training and behavior modification, but you must start with good information. We strongly recommend dog obedience lessons for all canines, beginning from puppy-hood. Many excellent trainers work in this area. Consult local dog obedience clubs or contact breed or dog clubs for recommendations. Consult local cat clubs or your veterinarian about behavior modification for cats.

Most pets turned in to shelters are relinquished because of behavior problems, many of which are minor in nature and easily corrected. If you are going to be a responsible pet owner, you must be prepared to take the time to train your pet and maintain that training. Training makes your pet easier to live with, happier, better adjusted and a welcome community member.

How long do you hold animals after impounding them?

Impounded animals must be held for five (5) days after the date it is impounded unless the animal is critically ill or injured. HSPPR Law Enforcement Services vigorously purses reuniting pets with their owners. Licensing your pet and having your pet microchipped assists us with these efforts.