Animal Control

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Animal Control encourages responsible pet ownership through enforcement and education. Owning a pet is a privilege, but also a big responsibility. Animal control laws are in place to help protect public health and safety and keep owners from allowing their dogs to be a nuisance to their neighbors. We assist only those citizens living in the unincorporated areas of the County or the Town of Foxfield. Citizens in the Town of Deer Trail will need to contact the Town Clerk to authorize an Animal Control response. All other citizens of the county can contact their jurisdiction through the links below.

Responsibilities of Animal Control


Animal Control is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the County's resolution for the control, licensing and impoundment of dogs; including investigation of citizen complaints, issuing dog licenses and responding to calls reporting dogs running at large, dog bites and barking dogs.

Animal Control uses the Aurora Animal Shelter to shelter lost animals and provide adoption services for adoptable pets that are not successfully returned to their owners. Pictures of impounded animals are posted via PetHarbor to assist owners in determining whether their pets have been picked up.

Do I live in unincorporated Arapahoe County? Check my address to confirm jurisdiction.

If you live in a city or town, find your Animal Control.

Animal Control Resolution Update

Arapahoe County recently redrafted the Animal Control Resolution to better suit the needs of the community, in particular unincorporated Arapahoe County. Resolution #060261, was last approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2006. The public is encouraged to visit our comment form (live on Nov. 18) to review and provide feedback on the new draft resolution. Public comment will be open until Dec. 2, 2019.