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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.
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:
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 . If you must leave your dog outdoors and unsupervised for extended periods of time, we suggest you provide the following:
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.
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.
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.
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