Colorado Springs, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Roommate asked myself and the third housemate for permission to get a husky puppy. We said no. She got the dog anyway.

She works 10-12 hours a day, 5-7 days a week, and will not have time to properly care for, nor train the animal. She has been told she has 48 hours to get rid of the animal. Both myself and the third housemate are allergic to dogs and do not wish to care for the animal. If she refuses to get rid of the dog, what are my legal options? It is an unpapered animal she acquired from a private party.

Can I legally surrender the animal?

Can I legally euthanize the animal?(not my first choice but I grew up on a farm, its part of life)

We live in El Paso county, colorado springs, colorado.

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

A: No, you cannot remove or euthanize or do anything to the animal. You have absolutely zero authority to do anything to the animal. Try evicting the roommate, that is a more humane and normal part of life than killing someone else's dog. Or, you could also always move out, too.

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

A: Your post makes me shudder in so many ways. FYI, It's a felony to "euthanize" a dog they way you are describing as one who "grew up on a farm". Your roommate has every right to keep property at her place of residence unless it violates the lease.

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