The Marshal's Department employs a full time Animal Control / Code Enforcement officer and we contract these services to the Mt. Village Police Department and the San Miguel County Sheriff's Department. We operate and maintain an animal shelter located just south of Society Turn on Highway 145. The primary purpose of this shelter is to care for dogs that have been taken into protective custody. (Sorry, we do not provide care for cats.) The shelter is not constantly staffed during regular business hours and it is not a boarding facility.
Responsible Dog Ownership in the Town of Telluride
Dogs are very important to people and provide numerous benefits, so it is well worth the effort to solve associated problems. As a public service, the Town of Telluride provides dog pickup bags in 35 locations throughout town where dogs are often walked. Please take advantage of these bags and remind others to do the same.
Dogs that bark incessantly, run unsupervised, attack other dogs, cats, or even children inevitably cause friction where there would otherwise be harmony. The Marshal’s Department receives complaints regularly on this kind of dispute. Having your pets spayed or neutered can really help decrease the tension of animals living in close proximity. Numerous pets each year are abandoned due to our transient human population. This is a very cruel manner in which to dispose of an unwanted pet, and it happens all too frequently. Please think carefully about the responsibility involved before you adopt a dog or cat.
If you would like to make a complaint regarding a dog defecating violation, please download the Dog Complaint form. Thanks for helping to make Telluride a dog and people friendly community!
Harassment of Wildlife
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