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Learn about next steps for proposed changes

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

After much research and gathering public feedback, Town staff has recommendations for the Castle Rock community and Town Council to consider. Learn more online

Proposal: replacing Pit Bull ban with two-tired, behavior-based provision

Town staff conducted extensive research throughout the review process and found most Colorado communities do not have breed-specific bans. Research shows breed-specific bans present a number of challenges and are difficult to enforce. That's why the team is making the recommendation to replace the breed-specific ban with to a two-tiered behavior-based potentially dangerous and dangerous animal system. The proposed system would allow authorities to focus on the particular behavior of a dog and not it's appearance or genetic make-up. 

It's important to note, the proposed system also outlines definitions for both potentially dangerous and dangerous animals. These definitions are designed to proactively manage a potentially dangerous dog, and would not necessarily require a dog to injure/bite another animal or person before being classified as potentially dangerous. Additionally, dangerous dogs would be clearly defined, and steps to remove the animal from Town limits would be outlined.

Other recommendations: bees, chickens, wildlife

Staff has also proposed revisions to other areas of Town Code related to a variety of animals, including chickens, bees, dogs, cats, wildlife and more. Learn more by viewing the information presented at our open house in January

Give us your feedback

During this review, the Town has considered community feedback, researched legal authority and studied neighboring communities' laws and more. We want to know what you think of the current recommendations

Next steps

Town staff is expected to discuss recommendations, along with the community's feedback, to Town Council during Council's regular meeting March 6. There will be time for public comment. 

Town Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. View agendas at CRgov.com/Agendas

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