El Paso County Animal Law Enforcement

Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) in El Paso County provides animal control services to:

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

ALE’s primary function is to enforce ordinances, codes, and Colorado statutes that address domestic animals. These laws primarily pertain to:

  • Animals running at large
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Dangerous animals
  • Keeping of animals/sanitary requirements
  • Licensing and vaccination requirements
  • Noisy pets

ALE also proactively pursues resolution to human-animal conflict by providing positive, responsible pet ownership education. ALE 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.

2016 Fast Facts

Calls for Service: 47,050
Animal Cruelty/Neglect Investigation Responses: 7,952 (4,124 Reported Cases)
Aggressive Animal Responses: 1,748
Animals Returned to Owners in Field (No Trip to the Shelter): 997