Colorado is usually ranked one of the top states for outdoor activities, but a recent ranking of dog-friendly American cities put Denver and Aurora at least in the top half of the best dog parks category in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land. We think the good folks at The Trust for Public Land need to revisit their findings again in another year. That’s because dog parks are going up all over Colorado with some of the most incredible scenery and amenities, some right here in Denver and the greater Metro area.
Boise, ID blows the doors off every other major metropolitan city and ranks as the most dog-friendly city with a whopping 15 dog parks for its 225,400 residents. That’s a baffling 6.7 off-leash dog parks per 100,000 people. Here’s how Denver and the two other top-ranked Colorado dog-friendly cities fared:1
|Population||Dog Parks Per 100,000 Residents||Number of Dog Parks|
Denver has 10 splendid dog parks, but there’s several things to keep in mind before visiting them. Firstly, it’s best to first read over the Denver Parks & Recreation “Dog Park Rules and Regulations” before taking your furry friend there. Also, here’s the top things city officials say you should keep in mind before going there:
Here’s a list of Denver’s current dog parks:
Denver’s leash laws vary from county to county. So, if you don’t live in Denver County, which is what this article is focused on, you should consult or call your county office and enquire about the leash laws in your particular county.
According to Denver’s leash law (Sec. 8-16) “dogs are required to be on a leash and under control of their owner, at all times.” Leash laws are in place to protect the general public at large as well as the pets themselves. Here are a few more details about Denver’s leash laws:
The last thing anyone needs is a ticket for a run-away dog, have their dog get into a fight with another dog, or bit another person. So, keep them on the leash for everyone’s benefit. You’d be surprised how costly the cost of a dog bite can be. A good Denver dog bite lawyer can easily win their clients thousands of dollars for medical bills, missed work, pain and suffering, and any other type of loss or emotional distress that a dog bite can cause.
Nobody enjoys an encounter with a dog land mine left behind for others to step in, smell, or look at for that matter. When dog owners don’t curb their animals at dog parks, it can make for an accumulation of dog feces, which can force the closure of Denver’s dog parks.
It’s actually the law (Sec. 8-47) to pick up and properly dispose of dog feces, immediately in designated trash containers. Dog bag dispensers are visible and available at all of Denver’s dog parks. We couldn’t find doggy doo doo fines for Denver proper, but we’ve come across several articles that say surrounding communities have fined dog owners as much as $100 for not picking up dog excrement “good enough.” Also, some communities will even go the extra mile and have dog poop tested for DNA, which can be used to trace back to the exact animal that made it. Those test fees are usually passed on to the dog’s owner.
We have a saying in Colorado – “leave no trace behind,” whether you are in the forest or in the city.
Dog owners have a great responsibility when they take their four-legged friends into the public domain or even when they have visitors to their homes. If their dog for some reason finds you a threat, they will sometimes bite out of fear or an inherent protective response to someone strange invading their space. When someone gets bitten at a dog owners home, the dog owner is at fault because of premises liability laws. If you are bitten and injured by a dog, contact the Denver Lawyer at Warshauer Law Group. Our experienced staff can help you navigate the complicated legal system and help you get the justice you deserve.
To speak with our Denver dog bite lawyer and learn how we can help you get the best possible outcome in your case, call us today at (720) 463-1516 or email us using the contact form on this page.
1“Cities in Colo. Ranked for Dog Parks” published in Patch, April 2018.
2“Denver’s Dog Laws Can Make for a Ruff Day in Jail” published in Westword, Dec. 2009.