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Dogs Running at Large
Rules and Regulations
loose dogsIn unincorporated Arapahoe County there is no leash law. This means that dogs do not have to be attached by means of a leash to their owner while out for a walk. However, it does not mean that dogs will be allowed to run amok. While a dog is off the confines of its own property, the owner must be with the dog at all times and the dog must be immediately responsive to the voice commands of the owner. Dogs tied in common areas are considered to be at large.

Community Associations
Many apartment communities and homeowners’ associations have their own rules regulating their residents and their pets. Animal Control will only enforce the County resolution and cannot enforce these regulations if they are different. Similarly, Animal Control is responsible for Cheyenne/Arapaho Park, Dove Valley Regional Park and Welch Park. Any other park enforcement would be outside our jurisdiction.

Animal Control will educate any dog owner regarding their dog running at large at the request of another neighbor. Often times an owner may not be aware of what is considered running at large. If an education has already happened and there continues to be a problem, a summons and complaint may be issued with a complaining party and a witness signature to the incident.

Contact Us
Submit an Animal Control Form

Arapahoe County
Lima Plaza
6924 S. Lima St.
Centennial, CO 80112

Ph: 720-874-6750
Fx: 303-790-8934
TTY: 711

Monday - Saturday
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For after hours emergency calls, please contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 720-874-4711.

Caitlyn Cahill