Mesa County: Roaming dogs a worsening problem |

Mesa County: Roaming dogs a worsening problem

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Mesa County animal control officers say dogs running loose take up nearly half their time.

County Animal Services said in its annual report that calls for loose dogs took up 48 percent of its officers’ workload in 2008, up from 42 percent the year before.

Officers say loose dogs can harass people and pets, hurt livestock, weaken wildlife and cause accidents by darting into traffic.

Penny McCarty, director of county Animal Services, says dog owners can be fined if their pets kill wild animals.

Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, says dogs harassing wildlife is a “tremendous problem” in Garfield County and elsewhere.

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