Denver, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: My boyfriend and I each have an esa dog and each have an additional dog. Is this allowed in Denver since half are esa?

Is this allowed since 2 aren’t technically household pets and are esa and the other 2 are household pets?

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: ESAs do not have the same protections as service animals so it depends on what purpose you’re asking this question. For zoning/code reasons or for rental/housing reasons? Generally, ESAs are not considered as “pets” and so wouldn’t count as a dog for purposes of zoning/code regulations.

Juliet Piccone
Juliet Piccone
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  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: You would need to first contact Denver Animal Protection and see if they license ESA animals separately from pets. Be prepared to bring very specific documentation per CO's fake assistance animal law which requires a qualified health care provider state that you are disabled and the specific need for the specific pet is directly related to that disability. Many jurisdictions will still impose a pet limit. In Denver it's 3 dogs.

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