Pets and Stray Animals
Pets are wonderful companions, and these tips will help them be good neighbors as well!
All cats and dogs over the age of six months must be licensed with the City of Manitou Springs. Pets younger than six months must be licensed within 30 days of becoming that age. Please see Municipal Code Chapter 7.08.020 (pdf) for a schedule of fees. Licenses are obtained through the Finance Department.
Anyone keeping three (3) or more dogs is considered to be a kennel and must obtain a kennel license through the Finance Department. However, one female dog with newborn pups may be retained for not more than sixty days without being classifed as a kennel. The maximum number of dogs allowed is twenty-five.
A city ordinance (pdf) requires that your dog remain on a leash when it is not on your property. The leash should not be more than four feet long. When you walk your pet, you must carry along supplies that will allow you to clean up any solid waste deposited by your animal.
Manitou Springs doesn't have a dog park where your pet can run free. The closest are Red Rock Canyon Open Space off of Hwy 24 and Ridge Road (on the south side) and Bear Creek Park at 21st Street and Rio Grande.
Problems With Noisy Pets
Per Municipal Code Chapter 7.04.090 (pdf), pet owners have a responsibility to keep their animals from disturbing their neighbors. Continual barking by dogs or howling by cats etc. can make your neighborhood an unpleasant place for others to live. Please be courteous to your neighbors by keeping your animals quiet. Pet owners in violation of this ordinance will be given a citation.
You can report a problem animal in your neighborhood using this form or by calling the Code Enforcement Officer during business hours at 719-685-2609 or the Police Department at 719-685-5407 during non-business hours and on holidays. A community service officer will warn your neighbor to keep his animal quiet. If the problem continues, police will ask you to sign a complaint so they can take further action against the owner of the problem pet.