• Contact Information

    Animal Control Office

    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Us

    700 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Ste. 160
    Golden, CO 80401

    After-hours and animal emergencies

    24 hours a day/ seven days a week

  • Animal Cruelty and Neglect


    Owner failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, opportunity for exercise or veterinary care to any animal constitutes a violation of state statute. In addition, intentional acts of cruelty, such as abandonment, harassment or torture, will be vigorously prosecuted. If you see evidence of cruelty or neglect, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control immediately at 303-271-5070.

    Animal Collectors

    A collector is a person who (with willful intent) believes he or she is "saving" animals from the streets and starvation by bringing them into his or her home. The problem begins when a collector can't say "no" to an animal, ultimately having 10 to 100 animals in a residential home. Collectors soon learn they cannot afford to feed and adequately care for the animals, and the animals suffer. Please report any suspected animal collector to animal control.


    Jefferson County Animal Control believes that pets are happier, healthier and safer when they can be indoors near you the majority of the time. Most dogs enjoy spending time outdoors, but the time dogs spend alone outdoors must be balanced with quality time with their owners.

    Dogs that spend most of their time alone or only in the company of other dogs, may demonstrate fearful, aggressive or overactive behavior toward family members or strangers. Your dog should be around your family to learn "people skills" and to learn your rules.

    Dogs that are left alone in the yard for long periods of time may bark excessively, dig or escape and become lost. Jefferson County Animal Control receives many complaints about barking dogs, which sometimes escalate into full-blown neighbor disputes, and sometimes result in a fine for the dog owner.


    A dog left in the backyard will get plenty of exercise when left alone, right? In fact, most dogs don't exercise when they're in the yard alone, and spend most of the time lying by the back door waiting for your return. Dogs need regular exercise, with your help. To keep your dog happy and healthy, take him on a daily walk, treat him to a regular game of fetch and provide him with “busy toys.”


    Dogs that spend most of their time outdoors are at risk of the following:

    • Escape- If a dog escapes from the yard in search of interesting things to do, not only is he at risk of being hit by a car but you may be liable for any damage or harm that he might do
    • Poisoning- People have been known to throw poison into the yard, or spray mace or pepper spray
    • Theft- Your dog could be taken from the yard

    Outdoor Provisions

    Below are some tips to keep your pet safe and comfortable no matter what Mother Nature may bring, or you may share our Seasonal Pet Care Brochure Adobe PDF IconIf you must leave your dog outdoors and unsupervised for extended periods of time, we suggest you provide the following:

    • An insulated shelter with a wind-proof opening including a door flap, dry bedding such as blankets or straw, and facing the house away from the wind will protect your pet from the cold. Some very short-coated breeds like greyhounds, beagles and labs, may not be able to tolerate extreme cold, even with a shelter.
    • A dry elevated dog house should be provided for dogs when they are outdoors. The house should be small enough to be warmed by the dog's body heat, but large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around.
    • Shade in the summertime. All dogs need shade, but remember that heavy-coated dogs, such as huskies and chows, are more susceptible to the heat.
    • Remove snow piled high next to your fence. This can provide a boost for your dog to jump over the fence and become lost.
    • Fresh food and water every day. In winter, you'll need a heated water bowl to keep the water from freezing. Ice and snow does not provide enough liquid for an animal. In summer, you'll need a tip-proof bowl so your dog won't tip the bowl over in an effort to get cool.
    • Avoid lawns treated with pesticides and fertilizers, which can make pets sick if ingested.

    What about the Garage?

    While you may think that your dog is safer in the garage than in the yard, they may suffer from isolation and, as a result, develop behavioral problems if you do not spend time with them.

    • Garages can be very hot during the summer months and cold in the winter.
    • Garages are also often storage places for tools and dangerous chemicals that could cause injury or death to a curious dog. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but can be fatal if consumed. Should your pet ingest antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately. Even small amounts of antifreeze, when ingested can seriously injure a dog or cat. Check your car for seepage or leaks and when adding antifreeze to your car, use a funnel and clean up any spills.
    • If the garage has an automatic door opener, the dog could run out into the street when the door is opened.

    In a Vehicle

    Leaving your pet in the car can be very dangerous. On a hot day the temperature in your car could reach 160 degrees within 10 minutes. That's hot enough to cause heat stroke.

    • Within moments, your pet could sustain permanent brain damage and even die.
    • Leaving the window cracked won't cool the car enough to protect your pet.
    • Although you may like taking your pet with you, when the weather is warm they are better off left at home. If you must leave your pet even for a few moments, leave a source of water.

    Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. When the temperature dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to keep your dogs indoors, even if a dog house is provided. Short-haired dogs, puppies and cats should be kept indoors at 40 degrees or below. In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats sometimes take refuge next to warm car engines or tires. To alert an animal, slap the hood of your car before starting it.

    Never travel with a dog in the bed of a moving pickup truck. The dog could slide, bounce or jump out and be seriously injured or killed.


    An otherwise friendly dog can become unhappy, anxious and often aggressive when continually chained. In many cases, the dog's neck will become raw from continuously yanking and straining to escape. Chains restrict the dog's movement, and the dog can become entangled around objects in the area, causing injury, or preventing him from reaching water or shelter.