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Posted on: January 12, 2018

Learn about the proposed changes to Town Code related to animals


The Town knows residents care about their animals. So, in order to keep all our residents safe, including the furry ones, Town staff has been reviewing the Town Code related to animals. Through extensive research meetings, community feedback forms and public meetings, the Town is now ready to present recommended changes to Town Council. Learn about the proposed changes to the Town Code at an open house.

The Town will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Learn about the proposed changes and ask questions.

The Town’s review included animals of all types and broad research. Animal Control Officers, the Municipal Prosecutor, Court Clerk and the Town Attorney’s Office considered data related to dog bite cases in Castle Rock and other municipalities. This data included various scholarly articles related to animal issues and numerous animal-related ordinances from neighboring jurisdictions and around the country. In addition, they reviewed hundreds of community comments.

One topic that generated significant public interest was the Town’s current breed-specific ban. Research showed these bans are difficult to enforce and do not address the actual behavior of a dog. In addition, a majority of public feedback supported lifting the ban to allow for a behavior-specific system. Town staff is recommending replacing the current breed-specific ban with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision.

Here is a full list of the proposed changes:
• Lift the Town’s current breed-specific ban and replace it with a two-tiered dangerous and potentially dangerous provision
• Keep the licensing requirement
• Clearly define service and emotional support animals
• Allow chickens and bees with clear guidelines
• Better define the number and types of animals allowed
• Clearly prohibit wildlife feeding (except birds)
• Incorporate new state and federal laws related to the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act
• Update penalty and enforcement provisions

Additional information – including a summary of the feedback – is online at It's important to note Town Council has not approved these proposed changes. There will be time for additional public comment before Council makes its decision.

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