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Animal Control
The Firestone Police Department currently employs two community services officers that also cover animal control issues within the Town limits. All animal control ordinances can be found under Title 6 of the Firestone Municipal Code. Most common animal control concerns include dogs running at large, animal licensing, barking concerns, leash laws and pet limits.

Animal Bans
Firestone does not have a breed ban for specific breeds of dogs.

Animal Bites
Colorado State law requires that all animal bites be reported to the local police department. Any bite that breaks the skin must be reported as the animal must be placed under a 10 day quarantine hold to ensure no disease transmission has taken place. A report will also be filed with the Weld County Health Department.

Animal Feces
When walking your pet, please remember all solid waste must be removed immediately. This includes horses.

Animal Impound
Animal control only picks up dogs that are at large and does not handle felines or wildlife. Dogs that are impounded will be taken to Carbon Valley Animal Hospital, where they will be held for five days. After the five day hold, the dogs will be surrendered to Longmont Humane Society for adoption. Costs for retrieving a dog that has been impounded is $15 per day kennel fee, plus a $45 impound fee. Animals returned to the owner after they have been taken to Longmont Humane Society will be responsible for paying both the fees charged by LHS, as well as fees from the Town.

Animals that have been impounded will be released during regular Town Hall hours after all fees have been paid, or during regular business hours for the Carbon Valley Animal Hospital after signing a waiver to pay fees.

Animal Limits Per Household
Firestone has a limit on the number of animals allowed per household, which is:
  • Any combination of dogs and cats over the age of four months of age,not to exceed four total.
  • There is not a limit for pocket pets.
  • Livestock, sheep, goats, hogs, rabbits, ducks, geese, other foul, roosters or wildlife kept as pets are not permitted.

Backyard Chicken Hen
In July 2014, the Firestone Board of Trustees approved the legal ownership and keeping of backyard chicken hens within the Town limits of Firestone as per Ordinance No. 848. A permit is required before one can legally own and keep chicken hens within the Town limits and is available through the town clerk's office.

Please Note: Many homeowner association bylaws do not allow chickens or poultry of any kind. Applicants should check their HOA bylaws to confirm that chicken hens are permitted prior to filling out a Town application.

Barking Dog Disturbance
Animal control will investigate barking dog disturbance complaints. The dog must be barking in a constant, excessive, continuous, persistent, habitual manner to be considered a nuisance.

Responsible Pet Program
The Firestone Police Department Animal Control division has begun an education program for responsible pet ownership. Through ongoing educational social media posts on the police department’s Facebook page, local pet owners will learn the importance of vaccinations, spay and neutering, licensing, leashes and more.

The Animal Control officers will be looking for responsible pet owners throughout the community by keeping their pets leashed, purchasing licenses and cleaning up pet waste. Pet owners may be offered special treats like coupons and toys from local business Muttz.

Animal owners found in violation of Town ordinances will be given educational materials explaining the importance of policies, and could potentially receive a summons with a mandatory court appearance.

Vicious Animals
Residents are not permitted to own or posses any vicious or aggressive animals.

The animal control officers will also handle animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment cases.



Michelle Powers
Community Services Officer
mpowers@firestoneco.gov
Ph: 303-531-6269

Angela Gahnstrom
Community Services Officer
agahnstrom@firestoneco.gov
Ph: 303-531-6251

Fx: 303-531-6271

151 Grant Ave.
Firestone, CO 80520

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 100
Firestone, CO 80520