Yuma, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Can the police just come and take a dog out of a house with no proof that is did something

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

A: Your question is not really clear, do you mean someone accused your dog of an attack? If that's what you mean, a complaining party's statements to law enforcement could give probable cause to impound a dog, especially if the accusation is that the dog bit a person and broke the skin, because Colorado has mandatory rabies quarantines which may mean that the dog gets impounded for 10 days. Usually a search and seizure warrant is needed to force-ably remove the dog from the home, but law enforcement are trained to convince the owner to give up his/her 4th amendment rights and "voluntarily" hand the dog over for impound. If this has happened to you, you really should consider consulting with a lawyer well versed in dangerous dog defense, such as myself.

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