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Archuleta County and Town of Pagosa Springs

Animal Control

Service Area
The Archuleta County Animal Control duties provide services in the unincorporated areas of Archuleta County. Archuleta County Animal Control Division does not have the authority to provide services in the Town of Pagosa Springs or outside of the county jurisdiction. If you are outside our service area, please contact your local police department or sheriff's office for animal-related issues. The Town of Pagosa Springs has an animal control officer. For times when the animal control officer is not on duty, town officers perform animal control duties.

You may call any time to report animal problems at (970)731-2160. All animals picked up by Animal Control officers are taken to the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, located at 465 Cloman Boulevard, Pagosa Springs.

When Will Animal Control Officers Respond To My Call?
Calls must be handled on a priority basis. How quickly an officer can respond to a specific call depends not only upon the priority of that call, but also on how many calls of a higher priority are occurring at that particular time. For example, calls involving an injured animal or immediate danger of injury or harm to a person (from an animal) are the highest priority. Conversely, calls regarding a barking dog might take a little longer to respond to. Your patience and support is appreciated.

When Will Animal Control Officers Not Respond To My Call?
County Animal Control and Town of Pagosa Springs Animal Control do not handle calls in reference to skunks, cats or any wildlife unless it is an emergency situation. (An emergency consists of unsafe conditions for animals and humans.)

What Does the Animal Control Division Do?

  • Investigates, prevents and stops animal neglect and cruelty
  • Educates the public about animal welfare
  • Enforces animal-related laws by educating pet owners, issuing citations and, if needed, impounding animals
  • Protects the public from dangerous animals
  • Quarantines animals who have bitten or attacked
  • Rescues animals that are in danger, sick or injured
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies
   Responds To Calls
  • Dogs at large
  • Barking dogs
  • Found dogs
  • Aggressive animals
  • Stray animals that are injured, sick or in danger
  • Animal attacks upon other animals or people
  • Animal bites
  • Animal cruelty and neglect
  • Animals in traffic or loose livestock on highway

County Ordinance(s) - CO
   OWNER. Any person or entity, owning, keeping, harboring, possessing or having control of dog.
   NUISANCE DOG. No Owner shall willingly and knowingly permit a dog to be a nuisance dog. (loud, habitual & persistent barking, howling, yelping or whining, sufficient to interfere with any person in the reasonable & comfortable enjoyment of life or property.) CO 4.3
   RUNNING AT LARGE. The running at large of any dog in Archuleta County is hereby prohibited. (Dog not under control.) CO 4.2
   VICIOUS DOG. It shall be unlawful to own or possess a vicious dog. (Dog that without provocation attacks or threatens a person or other animal.) CO 4.4
   RABIES VACCINATION. All canine over 12 weeks of age and residing in Archuleta County shall be vaccinated against rabies using a vaccine administered by a Colorado licensed veterinarian.
   UNDER CONTROL: Dogs shall be kept under control by their Owners at all times. CO 4.1
  • On a leash of sufficient strength to restrain the dog.
  • Confined in a building, fence or other structure in such a way that he does not escape. Or is on property possessed by its owner.
  • The dog is to be within sight and hearing distance of its owner, keeper or family member, who upon command can call dog within a distance of four feet of such person.

"Our mission is to provide a safe haven for animals in need, promote adoptions, reunite lost pets with their owners, and humanely reduce pet overpopulation through community education and aggressive spay/neuter programs."

Animal Shelter -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
Address: 465 Cloman Blvd., PO Box 2230,
               Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)731-4771 FAX: (970)731-5552
E-mail: sheltermanager@humanesociety.biz
Thrift Store -
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-6424 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsthriftstore@humanesociety.biz
Administrative Office -
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm
Address: 279 Pagosa St on Hwy 160, PO Box 2230,
  Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 (Map)
Phone: (970)264-5549 FAX: (970)264-5593
E-mail: hsadmin@humanesociety.biz