It’s a Zoo Out There: Animal Regulations in Pueblo West
A majority of Pueblo West residents own a dog or cat. But what about exotic pets like snakes or barnyard animals like pigs or cows? From the amount of resident interactions with the Metro District’s Community Development Office, there remains quite a bit of country in the Pueblo West residents who yearn for a city designation. But that country has its limits -- especially when it comes to farm animals such as goats, pigs, sheep, and even roosters.
The Community Development Office receives regular calls about the types of animals that are allowed to be kept within the District limits. Most calls are queries from annoyed neighbors rather than owners seeking permission. As a planned community, Pueblo West has covenants and restrictions that were recorded on properties within the development by McCulloch Properties. Most of the animal regulations were adopted into the Pueblo West Declaration of Reservations from 1969 to 1972.
The only farm animals allowed in Pueblo West limits are in the agricultural zones and are limited to chickens and horses unless a child is in a recognized youth program (FFA, 4H, etc.) All animals must be kept at the rear of the lot or parcel. No registration of chickens or horses is required if residents live in the agricultural zones.
Proof of registration in an agricultural program is required each year for the continued placement of farm animals to include goats, sheep, rabbits, ducks, turkey, roping steers, etc. In these cases, residents should supply a letter from the organization to firstname.lastname@example.org stating what animal(s) will be kept for the program and for what time period. The Community Development Office will follow up when the time has elapsed to see if the program has ended or will be continued for an extended period.
Horses are a significant part of the history of Pueblo West, which was founded as an equestrian-friendly community. Horses are allowed on lots having an area of half acre or more, provided that the number of horses on any one lot or partial doesn’t exceed one horse for every one-quarter acre.
No more than 12 backyard laying chicken hens are allowed on A1, A2, A3, and A4 zoned properties only. Roosters and other fowl are banned.
Exotic animals that are kept indoors like snakes or iguanas are considered pets, but not goats or pot-bellied pigs that are being kept except through an agricultural education program.
The breeding of animals is strictly prohibited. No animals, livestock, or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept on any lot. Dogs, cats, or other household pets may be kept provided they are not kept, bred, or maintained for any commercial purposes and are not kept in quantities which create an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood.
In all cases, it is the responsibility of the pet owner to maintain the property and to keep their animals from causing a nuisance to the neighborhood. It is best to check with the Metro District office with questions about animal allowances before buying an animal or taking up the issue with your neighbor! Call Community Development at 719-547-5016 for more information.