The Animal Control Unit of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office employs three full-time Animal Control Officers. Monday through Thursday we have two officers on duty, and Friday, Saturday, & Sunday we have one officer on duty. An Animal Control Officer (ACO) is on duty 7 days a week, including major holidays. We work 10 hour shifts and are generally on duty between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. We are available for call outs for emergencies only.
In 2012, our vehicles were driven 92,132 combined miles. In 2012, our officers responded to and handled approx. 2,192 calls for service, with 76 of those being dog bites.
Our officers handle animal related complaints for the county. The ACO unit deals ONLY with calls in the unincorporated parts of the county. If you live inside the city limits of your town, you should contact your local police department or your town hall for these problems. As a general rule, if your city or town has a mayor, then our ACO does not handle calls in your town.
- Contained Animal
- Animal Bites
- Animal Welfare Checks
- General Animal Complaints - (A wide variety of calls fall under this area)
WELD COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL DOES NOT PICK UP STRAY CATS!!!!!!!
If you have found a stray cat, it is YOUR responsibility to take it to an appropriate animal shelter or rescue or to a veterinarian.
Animal Control Academy
The members of the ACO Unit receive training throughout the year on topics such as Animal Cruelty/Neglect, Animal Fighting, Animal Handling, Chemical Immobilization, OC Spray, Taser and several other topics. We have also played host and organized a local “academy” for officers from smaller communities to receive training.
Animal Control in the Community
With help from the MaxFund (http://www.maxfund.org ) and local veterinarians, we have been able to hold low cost vaccination and spay/neuter & microchip clinics for our residents in the communities of Aristocrat Acres, Galeton/Gill/Camfield, and River Valley Village/Longview Estates. At last count we have spayed or neutered approximately 500 animals and vaccinated close to 1,000 animals.
In addition to the calls for service we get from our dispatchers, we also handle 10 – 15 phone calls from the public per day. As the human population of our county increases, so does the animal population, which causes an increase in animal related problems and concerns.