Pet ordinance hounded by issuesof working dogs, euthanization |

Pet ordinance hounded by issuesof working dogs, euthanization

Pet owners in unincorporated Garfield County will have to wait for a couple of more months before a decision is made about pet control.The county is considering a resolution to require all animals that are pets be licensed on a yearly basis. Pets are considered “kept by a person for companionship, protection or sale to others for such purpose.” Working animals include livestock, animals for hunting and animals for law enforcement.The difference caused confusion and disagreement among residents attending the county commissioners meeting Monday.For example, would a dog used for hunting and companionship be a working animal or a pet?Many dog owners don’t feel their animals need to be licensed on a yearly basis. Others said working animals should be licensed if pet animals are.Another provision of the resolution entails euthanizing dogs. Currently, the county sends its dogs to the Colorado Animal Rescue shelter. That shelter doesn’t euthanize dogs often.A representative from CARE in Glenwood Springs said only four in the past couple of years have been euthanized there. Those dogs were considered unmanageable.The county in the future might turn to the services of its own committee instead of CARE, and that committee probably wouldn’t have the same type of funding as CARE. The concern, then, is that dogs probably would have to be euthanized after about five days in a shelter.County commissioner Trési Houpt said that part of the resolution is harsh.”With a limited number of funds we have to have the ability to take care of population and population control,” said John Martin, commission chair. Commissioners didn’t reach an agreement on this aspect of the resolution.Garfield Sheriff Lou Vallario, who first proposed the resolution, said he is open to changing the aspect of the resolution regarding euthanization. Commissioners will put the item back on their agenda in August.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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