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Updated May 21, 2015
 
As more folks move into the area, the full-timers report that they see more and more dogs running loose and dogs barking all the time, sometimes late into the night. They sometimes can't sleep with their windows open in the summer if they want a good night's sleep.
 
Sometimes simply talking to the owner of unmanaged pets will get the problem taken care of. This is just one more reason to get to know your neighbors before there are "issues"! If you don't feel comfortable discussing this with your neighbor directly, involving the Park County animal control officer may be the best route to take.
 
In order for Animal Control to take action against a dog’s owner, you need to write a statement detailing the barking dog incident to include specific dates and times, where the dogs live and who owns them if you know. You must also include your full name, date of birth, residence and mailing address, and a phone number. This statement can be mailed to the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 1180 County Road 16 in Fairplay or delivered in person.
 
If the issue is related to a second or subsequent offense, you can call Park County Animal Control at (719) 836-4122.
 
Some of our owners need to reconsider how many animals it is realistic to house in Indian Mountain. Furthermore, they need to put themselves in the moccasins of their neighbors and ask if they can do more to control their animals and reduce their impact on those neighbors.  Let's keep it friendly out their folks, but let’s keep those dogs under control.
 
As reported in the May 2015 Indian Mountain Newsletter, the only legal and safe way to exercise our dogs is to keep them on leash. Unfortunately, many owners allow their dogs to roam freely. This practice is not only counter to Colorado law, which requires dogs to be under control, and Park County rules, it also is unsafe for the dogs who are potential prey for mountain lions, coyotes, porcupines, badgers, bears and a host of smaller critters. It is also unfair to neighboring property owners who may not want dogs on their property.
 
IMMD owns several underutilized properties that are possible places to establish an off-leash dog park. These sites are being assessed using criteria such as sufficient size to accommodate the fenced area and parking, minimal road dust and, importantly, impact on nearby property owners. As with all good dog parks, it would be operated under posted rules such as “daytime use only and users clean up and carry out for their own dogs.”
 
The IMMD envisions that volunteers would be responsible for constructing and maintaining such a park. Some volunteers have already signed up. If you would like to volunteer to help on this project, please leave your contact information with Samantha at the Community Center office 719-836-9043 or indianmtn@hotmail.com. For more information about off-leash dog parks, go to www.akc.org.