New Breckenridge pet ordinance has harsher penalties

BRECKENRIDGE -Their old law might have been all bark and no bite, but the town of Breckenridge is looking to roll out a new pet ordinance that could cost you hundreds of dollars if your dog is aggressive to people or other pets.

Right now in Breckenridge, if your dog bites a person or pet, fines start at $10.

But, after two large dogs attacked a smaller dog during last year's U.S. Pro Challenge, the town started looking at stepping up their dog laws. A year later, they are proposing a new "dangerous animal" ordinance.

Matthew Collver with the Breckenridge Police Department says that if a dog hurts another pet or person, fines will start at $150 dollars and go as high as $600. In addition, the dog owner will have to take steps to make sure their pet doesn't hurt anyone else.

"If an animal is deemed dangerous, the owner has to secure the animal on their property. In an enclosure off the property, the dangerous animal needs a muzzle on at all times, so there is much more on the animal owner," Collver said.

The new law also defines what a dangerous animal is and what is allowed in town limits.

It also defines the type of injuries a person or pet would have to have for a fine to be placed on someone.

Before anything can be enforced, the Breckenridge town council will need to approve a second reading of the ordinance. That meeting, which is open to the public, happens on Aug. 26.

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