Denver, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Can Animal Control legally confiscate a dog that was found who's owner doesn't want her back?

A woman found a 10 lb. Shitzu and took it to a vet to have it checked for a microchip. The owner was identified on the microchip and was called but said he doesn't want the dog anymore. The vet told the woman to call Animal Control so she did. In the meantime the woman was making arrangements to give the dog to a dog rescue organization. Animal Control showed up and called the owner of the dog who again said he didn't want her. The woman wanted to give the dog to the dog rescue but Animal Control said by law she has to take the dog because it is "found property" and confiscated it despite the fact that the owner said he didn't want her twice. The dog has a very calm and sweet demeanor and displayed no signs of injury or aggression.

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

A: Generally, animal control will turn a found dog over to an animal shelter for adoption. The woman can try to adopt the dog from the shelter and give it to the rescue organization, or she can have someone from the rescue try to contact animal control and/or the shelter.

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