Animal Control

Municipal animal control relates more to managing people than it does to managing pets. At a minimum, we are required to:
  • Manage complex, emotional, and sometimes volatile situations
  • Resolve conflict
  • Apply appropriate animal management techniques
  • Understand animal behavior
  • Understand human psychology
  • Understand the operational, emotional, and political aspects
  • Understand all local, state, and federal laws
  • Understand the rules of search and seizure
  • Understand constitutional rights
  • Understand officer safety issues
  • Apply current case law
  • Investigate, document, and articulate findings of fact

Basic animal protection laws are really a matter of common sense, conscience, and moral responsibility. Education is one of the important tools we use in achieving effective animal management in Wheat Ridge.