Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: Our neighbors let their animals roam around, here in Colorado Springs, CO. They don't take care of them properly and...

Now we have a pitbull coming to our house all the time, to play with our dogs. He's the sweetest dog. He doesn't like to go back home because he loves us so much. Can we claim this dog if the owners let it roam? I'm afraid of it being hit by a car. The dog played as of his paw hurt, just not having to go back home. He doesn't seem to like his owners. I feel bad for it and would like to train it and keep it.

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

A: See if HSPPR is still allowing at home stray holds. If yes, contact them stating you found this dog wandering multiple times and you’re afraid it will get hurt if allowed to roam but you’d rather have the dog do the required stray hold at your home instead of their shelter. State you want to apply to adopt if no one claims the dog during the hold. Per Colorado statute unclaimed pets become the shelter’s property after the hold is up and they can then transfer ownership to you.

Other than trying to buy the dog from its owners, this is the only way to obtain ownership under Colorado law.

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