Denver, Colorado

  • Breeding is illegal in Denver County.
  • Spaying and neutering is mandatory for all animals over 6 months old unless there is a medical reason for an exemption.
  • Guardians who do not want to spay or neuter their companion animals must pay $43 each year for an “intact permit.” If denied an intact permit, by law the animal must be spayed or neutered. An intact permit is not a breeding permit; breeding is illegal.
  • If guardians fail to comply with the spay/neuter municipal codes, the animal’s license will be revoked and the animal could be impounded.

Ord. No. 999-95, Sec. 8-70. It is the purpose of this section to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the city by reducing the number of stray dogs and cats. The council finds that each year tens of thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in the city because they are not wanted. It is the purpose of this section to eliminate the excessive numbers of unwanted animals and thereby stop the needless killing of these animals by restricting the breeding practices of pet owners and breeders through legislation that is both reasonable and enforceable.

Ord. No. 999-95, Sec. 8-71. It shall be unlawful to own, possess or keep in the city any dog or cat over the age of six (6) months that has not been spayed or neutered.

Ord. No. 999-95, Sec. 8-73. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 1-13, any person cited with violation of this article shall have his or her citation dismissed if there is proof of compliance with the terms of this article within thirty (30) days of the date of the summons or impoundment.

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