Dogs/Cats Issues/Licensing

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Pets are wonderful companions, and these tips will help them be good neighbors as well!

Licensing Requirements

All cats and dogs over the age of four months must be licensed through the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Pets younger than four months must be licensed within 30 days of becoming four months old. Visit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region webpage, or give them a call at 719-302-8798.

Anyone keeping three 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 classified as a kennel. The maximum number of dogs allowed is twenty-five.

Municipal Code 7.07.010

Leash Laws

A city ordinance (PDF) requires that your dog remains 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 Highway 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 by contacting the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-302-8798. If the issue is after hours you can call the El Paso County Dispatch at 719-390-5555.