Ordinance Number 127

An ordinance relating to and regulating dogs: Providing for vaccination and licensing thereof; and providing penalties for the violation hereof. 

Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado.

Section I

Definitions: For the purpose of this ordinance, certain and words are herewith defined as follows:

Dog Owners: Every person in possession of or harboring any dog or who shall suffer any such dog to remain about his premises for the period of ten (10) days.

Dog: Any animal of canine species regardless of sex.

Dog, Male: Any dog of masculine gender, either castrated or not castrated.

Dog, Spayed Female: Any female dog on which an ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy has been performed by a licensed veterinarian and accompanied by a certificate asserting said operation has been performed.

Dog, Female: Any dog of the female gender on which no alterative surgery of the genital organs has been performed.

Dog, Stray: Any unlicensed or licensed dog found unattached or loose anywhere within the city limits.

Rabies: A communicable disease of both wild and domestic animals transmittable to humans, as defined by the "Public Health Department". Specific infectious disease of certain animals, especially dogs and wolves, contracted by man by direct inoculation as by bite of infected animal and due to a filtrable virus"-- as defined in Dorland's Medical Dictionary.

Vaccinations or Vaccination for Rabies shall mean inoculation of a dog with standard rabies vaccine.

Section II: Dogs not to run at large

  1. No dog shall be allowed to run at large in the Town of Deer Trail unless said dog is under the reasonable control of the owner. 

    For the purpose of this Ordinance, a dog shall be deemed under such reasonable control when said dog is accompanied by its owner, or some member of the owner's family, or with some employee or agent of the owner with the dog attached to a leach.
  2. For the purpose of this Ordinance, a. dog shall be deemed under such reasonable control when: A. Said dog inflicts damage or injury (by biting, jumping upon, pollution of vegetation, or by any other means whatsoever) to the person or property of anyone other than the owner, except in the defense of the owner, his family or property, B. In the case of any unspayed female dog not securely confined in the owner's heard, pen or other enclosure.

Section III: Annual Vaccination and Licensing of Dogs Required

It shall be the duty of every person who owns or harbors any dog or dogs in the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, to have such dog or dogs inoculated by a regularly licensed veterinarian of the State of Colorado and to obtain a certificate from said veterinarian, setting out the fact of such vaccination and also to obtain from the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado, a license for each dog. Such vaccination and licensing shall be performed during the months of January and February of each calendar year, provided, however, that persons who acquire or harbor any dog or dogs between March. 1 and December 31, of any calendar year shall immediately following such acquisition or upon such harboring, have such dog or dogs inoculated and licensed for the remaining portion of the calendar year. All dogs heretofore licensed for the year 1972 shall be furnished a. new license tag without Charge upon presentation of a certificate of a vaccination hereinafter required.

Section IV: Persons Authorized to Inoculate and Insure Licenses

That inoculation of dogs under this Ordinance may be performed by any licensed veterinarian of the State of Colorado and that licenses for dogs shall be issued by the Town Clerk of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado. That the owner or harborer of every dog, so inoculated shall pay the veterinarian inoculating same his fee therefor and shall pay a license fee to the Town, of Deer Trail of, $1.50 per male or spayed female and $2.50 per unspayed female. Owners applying for a license for a spayed female shall furnish a certificate showing that said dog is spayed.

Section V: Duty of Persons Performing Vaccination and Licensing

Every veterinarian performing vaccination shall furnish the owner of any dog vaccinated a certificate of such vaccination, which shall be presented to the Town Clerk who upon payment of the Town license fee, shall issue the license provided for in Section IV, retaining a record thereof in his office. No licensed shall be issued for any dog without the production of certificate of vaccination alai payment of license fee.

Section VI: Information on Licenses and Tags

The Town Clerk shall issue a license to the owner or harborer of each dog, the receipt for which shall contain the following information: (a) The name and address of the owner, or harborer, of an inoculated and licensed dog. (b) The date of inoculation and date of license. (c) The year and series number of the dog tag. (d) The breed, age, color, and sex of the inoculated dog. The tags shall be made of durable material suitable to be attached to the c011ar or harness of the inoculated dog. Such tag shall state the year for which it is issued and the series number of the license and tag. Such tags shall also be prepared and distributed by the Town Clerk.

Section VII: Tag to be attached to Dog and License Retained by Owner

Every owner or harborer of a dog shall attach the tag evidencing the licensing and inoculation with Anti rabies vaccine to the collar or harness of the inoculated and licensed dog and such collar or harness shall be worn by said dog at all times. The license shall he retained by the owner or harborer of the inoculated and licensed dog for inspection by any member of the Police Department at any time.

Section VIII: Registration

Period of validity for license and tag. Such inoculation and licensing shall be valid for each calendar year in which same is had and for January and February of the following year. 

For the period. of January 1 to February 28 of each calendar year after 1972, the inoculation and licensing from the previous calendar year and that for the current calendar year shall both be valid.

Section IX: Quarantine of Dogs

A dog which is known to have bitten or injured any person so as to cause an abrasion of the skin or a dog which in the opinion of a. member of the Police Department or of any licensed veterinarian of the State of Colorado, appears to be afflicted with rabies, shall be closely confined by its owner in accordance with the directions of a member of the Police Department, for a period of not less than fourteen days. If the owner of said dog is not determined, located or the dog claimed from confinement within said fourteen days, then the Chief of Police may order said dog destroyed. Provide, however, that all costs incurred for the confinement of a dog under this Section shall be paid for by the owner or owners of said dog. If, however, after fourteen days confinement, the said dog is not claimed by owner, or the owner is not determined or located, then the cost of confinement shall be borne by the Town of Deer Trail. If the said dog is determined by a veterinarian to be suffering from rabies, it shall be destroyed forth-with.

It shall be unlawful for any person knowing or suspecting a dog has rabies to allow such dog to be taken off his promises or beyond the limits of the Town without the written permission of the pound master. Every owner or other person, upon ascertaining a dog is rabid shall immediately notify the pound master or a policeman who shall either remove the dog to the pound or summarily destroy it.

Section X: Imported Dogs

All dogs which are brought into the Town of Deer Trail shall be incompliance with the laws and rules and regulations of the State of Colorado regarding the handling of the animals and shall have been vaccinated not less than thirty days, nor more than twelve months prior to importation. The metal tag denoting vaccination shall be firmly affixed to the collar or harness of the dog and shall be evidence of compliance with this Section.

If said imported dog remains in the Town of Deer Trail more than thirty days, said dog shall be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance. A certificate of vaccination issued by a licensed veterinarian to the owner or harborer of a dog within the current year by any municipality, county or state, shall be exchanged for a. current inoculation and license tag of the Town of Deer Trail and a. transfer fee of $ 1.50 imposed thereon for a male or spayed female and $2.50 for an unspayed female.

Section XI: Unlawful Possession of Licenses

Only those persons who own or harbor a. dog vaccinated and licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be permitted to possess the licenses and tags provided for herein. No person may affix a. tag evidencing vaccination and licensing to collar or harness of any dog, except the tag issued for that dog at the time of licensing.

Section XII: Impounding

(a) It shall be the duty of every police officer or pound master to apprehend any dog found running at large contrary to the provisions of Section II and to impound each such dog in the Town pound or other suitable place. The Pound master (or some other designated official) upon receiving any dog shall make a complete registry entering the breed, color, and sex of such dog and whether licensed. I licensed, he shall enter the name and address of the owner and the number of the license tag. Licensed dogs shall be separated from unlicensed dogs. (b) Notice to Owner and Redemption. Not later than 2 days after the impounding of any dog, the owner shall be notified, or if the owner of the dog is unknown, written notice shall be posted for 3 days at two or more conspicuous planes in the Town of Deer Trail describing the dog so impounded may reclaim such dog upon payment of the license fee, if unpaid, and of all costs and charges incurred by the Town of Deer Trail for impounding and maintenance of said dog. The following charges shall be paid to the Town Clerk: For impounding any dog — $2.00; for keeping any dog — $1.00 per day; for getting notice — $.50.

Section XIII: Disposition of Unclaimed or Infected Dogs

It shall be the duty of the pound master to keep all dogs so impounded for a period of six days. If at the expiration of four days from the date of notice to the owner or the posting of notice such dog shall not have been redeemed, it may be destroyed. Any unlicensed dog required by law to be licensed, or any dog -which appears to be suffering from rabies or affected with hydrophobia, mange or other infectious or dangerous disease shall not be released but may be forthwith destroyed.

Section XIV: Destruction of Rabid Animals

Dogs known to have been bitten or exposed to a rabid animal shall be: (a) Placed in suitable quarantine for a period of not less than fourteen days at the expense of the owner; (b) Immediately destroyed; (c) Redeemed upon proof of immunization and "booster" injections given by a qualified veterinarian, at the expense of the owner.

Section XV: Muzzling and Confinement

(a) Whenever it becomes necessary to safeguard the public from the dangers of 'hydrophobia, the mayor, if he deems it necessary, shall issue a proclamation ordering every person owning or keeping a dog to can fine it securely on his premises unless such dog shall have a muzzle of sufficient strength to prevent its biting any person. Any unmuzzled dog running at large during the time of the proclamation shall be seized and impounded, unless noticeably infected with rabies and displaying vicious propensities shall be killed by the pound master without notice to its owner. Dogs impounded during the first two days of such proclamation shall, if claimed within five days, be released to the owner, unless infected with rabies, upon payment of impounding charges provided for in Section VII. If unclaimed after that period, such dog may be summarily destroyed. (b) Vicious dogs and any dogs required to be confined under the provisions
of this Ordinance shall be kept upon the premises of the owner at such place as to be least dangerous to newsboys, mail—carriers, milk deliverymen, meter readers, and other persons lawfully upon said premises.

Section XVI: Vaccination

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to keep, maintain, or allow such dog to fun at large unless it shall have been vaccinated by a licensed veterinary surgeon with anti—rabies vaccine, within one year preceding the date on which such dog is kept, maintained or allowed to run at large.

Section XVII

The provisions of this Ordinance shall be enforced by the Police of the Town of Deer Trail or by a Pound master appointed by the mayor.

Section XVIII

Any owner found violating any provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a. fine of not less than $5.00 nor more than $25.00 for each offense.

Section XIX

All existing ordinances of the Town of Deer Trail are hereby repealed insofar as they may be inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance.

Section XX: Separability of Provisions

It is the intention of the Board that each separate provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed independent of all other provisions herein, and it is further their intention that if any provision of this Ordinance be declared invalid, all other provisions shall remain valid and enforceable.

Section XXI

The Board finds and determines that this Ordinance shall become effective this 19th day of June 1972, and published June 22, 1972.

James W. Rossi, Mayor Town of Deer Trail, Colorado

Attest: Clerk

Ordinance 127

Addendum to Ordinance Number 127 to add Section 22 concerning the number of dogs per residence within Deer Trail's Town limits. 

Whereas, The Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail, Colorado enacted Ordinance No. 127 on June 19, 1972, relating to and regulating dogs.

Now, Therefore, be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Deer Trail.

Section 22. Breeding and Boarding Dog Kennels

  1. There will be no more than three (3) dogs per residence without obtaining a kennel license from the Colorado Department of Health and approval from the Deer Trail Board of Trustees. 

Introduced, read in full, adopted and ordered published once in full this 5th day of November 1980.

James W. Rossi, Mayor of Deer Trail, Colorado

Attest: Vera L. Norris, Clerk