Littleton's Animal Control division is part of the Littleton Police Department. The city has one animal control officer. Reports are made through the police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551.
Licenses and vaccinations
The City of Littleton does not license dogs or cats. However, all pets must be vaccinated. Dogs are required to wear a collar with an attached tag showing current rabies vaccination.
Limits on number of pets
The total number of adult pets (dogs, cats, ducks or rabbits) in one household is limited to three.
Lost or stray animals
Call or visit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley (HSSPV) AT 303-703-2938 during business hours to find out if a lost pet has made it to the facility. Or call the Littleton Police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551 to find out if the pet has been reported.
Both the City of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District require that, outside of designated off-leash parks, pets must be on a leash at all times. Both park rules and city ordinances specify that the leash cannot be more than six feet long. Retractable leashes are not allowed anywhere in the city, including the High Line Canal, Lee Gulch Trail, and the Mary Carter Greenway/South Platte Park area.
Police regulations concerning animals in the City Code
- 6-2-6: Noise-Creating Cats or Dogs Prohibited:
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor any cat or dog which, by loud, frequent, or habitual barking, yelping, yowling, or howling causes a serious annoyance. Any violation of this Section is hereby deemed to be a public nuisance. (Ord. 3, Series of 1983)
The keeping of farm animals in Littleton is regulated by the city's Community Development Department (Planning and Zoning) and is dependent on zone district and size of lot.
Chickens only; no roosters allowed
Up to four chicken hens
One horse per .57 acre
Maximum of 100 pigeons
Must be affiliated with a state- or nationally-recognized racing or homing pigeon association or federation
May have 4-8 colonies depending on size of lot
Wildlife in suburban areas
As development occurs, wildlife habitat area decreases and individuals may have contact with various types of wildlife more often. In most cases, there is no need for alarm and the city does not need to be notified of these encounters. Generally, most wild animals are wary of humans and try to avoid them. If the animal is acting aggressively, call 9-1-1. If it appears to be sick or injured, call the police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551.
Coyotes can be found in almost any area of Littleton. While coyotes are typically afraid of human interaction, they can get aggressive on occasion.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife strongly discourages feeding wildlife of any kind. Residents of Littleton are prohibited from intentionally feeding or baiting coyotes or foxes.
For more information on particular wildlife issues, visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.