Animal waste is smelly, unsightly and, if not disposed of properly, can be health hazard. The City of Fort Collins requires that “any owner or keeper of any animal shall be responsible for the immediate removal of any feces deposited by such animal on any property, public or private, not owned or exclusively occupied by the owner or keeper. The owner or keeper of any animal shall also be responsible for the periodic removal of feces deposited by such animal on property owned or exclusively occupied by such owner or keeper so as to prevent the creation of a public nuisance.”

Unfortunately, due to our case load, our officers are not always able to patrol parks and trails. If you witness a dog owner or caretakers’ failure to pick up after their pet, please kindly approach them and ask them to clean up after their pet.

If you notice repeated incidences of this ordinance being overlooked, please contact Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection & Control department and, depending on available staff and resources, we may send an officer out to the scene to investigate or we will schedule a time to meet with your home owners association or property managers, if applicable.

For more information regarding animal waste as it pertains to the Fort Collins municipal code, please visit code section 4-71.