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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Changes to Town Animal Code are effective June 1

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Starting June 1, the Town will have new rules regarding animals.

Two open houses, written feedback, Town Council hearings and a year of research drove the changes, which include the following:

• Replacing the Town’s breed-specific ban with a two-tiered behavior-based system
• Allowing up to eight chickens and prohibiting roosters
• Updating the noisy dog provision to include written warnings and enhanced evidentiary requirements for barking dogs
• Updating the number of dogs and cats to define no more than three dogs and no more than five cats
• A requirement that all dogs be licensed and enhancing the licensing application process (visit http://crgov.com/1778/Animal-Licensing)

Details on these changes are at CRgov.com/animalupdates. The related research for the changes can be found at CRgov.com/animals.

As a home rule municipality, the Town of Castle Rock has its own set of laws and codes. It's prudent for a local government to take a look at its laws from time to time to ensure they are up to par with current legal best practices and local culture. That's why Town staff started this review in 2017.

The Town hosted two open houses and received hundreds of comments. In addition, Council held three public hearings on the proposed ordinance changes. As part of this process, Council will be considering code regarding goats, pigs and ducks in the future.

Questions? Call Castle Rock Police, 303-663-6100.

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