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Breckenridge Issues Pet Ban For Certain Events

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Dogs at a park in Breckenridge (credit: CBS)

Dogs at a park in Breckenridge (credit: CBS)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Breckenridge has passed an ordinance that will fine those who take pets into events where they are banned.

There have been events for the past few years that have had a ban on pets, but the town is saying too many people aren’t obeying it, so now pet owners could be fined up to $100.

Breckenridge says it’s not the first town to move forward with this type of pet ban. But the chief of police felt it was necessary.

Pets have already been banned from two parks in town and residents CBS4 talked with said they can’t believe this crackdown is getting harsher.

The town says it’s not just about safety, but also sanitation.

“I think it’s a big part of the mountain culture up here. It’s one of the things; you’re able to bring your dog anywhere — banks — I mean if you’re able to bring your dog to the bank, I don’t understand why you’re not able to bring your dog to some of these events,” dog owner Jed Pettit said.

“Based on the safety, if there’s food, safety of other animals; safety for those animals, and safety for children. We’re going to have to look at it,” Town of Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim Dykstra-Dilallo said.

It isn’t a ban on animals at all public events. The town is setting up a committee to decide which events should or shouldn’t allow pets.

The town council passed the ordinance following this summer’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Pets were not allowed in the viewing area for the final stage of the race.

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