Pueblo, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for Colorado

Q: When are constant calls from animal control harassment? And what can be done?

My dad has a great Pyrenees Moutain dog. The dog lives outside to protect the chickens. Animal control has come to confirm that he has, food, water, shelter, and updates on his shots. We provided all of this and they said we are good But someone in our neighborhood is constantly calling in about the dog. About once a month since October of 2020. And usually, it's just a phone call and then done but the constant call are starting to feel like he is being harassed and Animal control says they can't give us the name of who is calling. My dad loves him and he gets attention and is trained and even gets fresh eggs made for him every morning because he is so loved and he is worried that the constant calls could lead to them taking away his dog even tho the calls are always false. On the last call, they even took pictures of the dog and were trespassing on his land to do. How can we stop the calls? Who can we file a complaint with? Please help.

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

A: Your dad is being lied to. Have him submit a Colorado Open Records Request (most have a form on their websites) to the law enforcement entity(s) asking for all records of all complaints related to his address for the past year. Those are PUBLIC records and more importantly they are records pertaining to him and his property specifically. I would seriously consider putting up surveillance video cameras because either the animal control officer or meddling neighbor may (again) come onto the property and get bitten and it's important to have proof of what happened. Under civil law a guardian dog can bite someone trespassing but the criminal law would be harder to get out of without definitive proof of meddling/trespassing.

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