Stray animals may be impounded. If impounded, owners must pay impound fees when claiming their animals.
Sanitation - Responsibility of Owner
All citizens are responsible for promptly cleaning up after their animal on any public or private property when the property owner's permission has not been obtained. Also, citizens must promptly remove all excrement from private premises as necessary to prevent health hazards and odors.
Disturbing the Peace Prohibited / Barking Dogs
Citizens disturbed by a noisy animal may call the police department and complain any time they feel their peace is being disturbed. Citizens are initially encouraged to contact the offending animal's owner and try to resolve the barking problem on their own. Once a call to the police department has been made, the owner of the animal will be contacted by an officer. A summons can only be served if there are at least two individual complainants from separate households. An officer witnessing the barking may be the second witness.
The Denver Dumb Friend's League has compiled a helpful resource, Bark! Bark! Bark!, which was created to assist dog owners with their barking dog problem.
Owners of animals are required to provide adequate shelter, access to food & water, adequate veterinary care, and opportunity for exercise. If you suspect that an animal is being neglected or is being treated in such a way to cause the animal to suffer, please contact Broomfield Animal Services at 303.438.6400. Complainants may remain anonymous.
Cats are considered free roaming animals, and are not subject to the Running at Large ordinance of the City and County of Broomfield. Cat owners are encouraged to keep their cats indoors. Those that choose to allow their cats to roam outdoors are still responsible for their cat's behavior when it is loose in the neighborhood.
State law requires all bites involving:
must be reported immediately to the Police Department. Reporting animal bites helps to ensure the public safety and for rabies control and prevention.
Each residence is allowed to possess no more than four adult animals. Animals over six months of age are considered adults. This ordinance does not apply to fish or birds.
Residents are prohibited for possessing certain types of animals in Broomfield. For a complete list of prohibited animals please see Broomfield Municipal Code Ordinance 6-24-010.
All residents of Broomfield are prohibited from possessing wildlife, any endangered species, or hybrid animals. Non-poisonous snakes and ferrets are allowed.