Colorado reviewing sled dog rules

DENVER — Sled dogs in Colorado could get more time off their chains under new rules proposed by state animal welfare authorities.

The Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Program has submitted proposals for new rules for working dogs. Among the changes would be a requirement that sled dogs have at least 60 minutes a day off their leashes.

The proposals affect all commercial kennels, not just sled dog operations. But the treatment of sled dogs has gotten more public attention since December, when about 100 starving sled dogs were seized from a Park County kennel.

Currently, permanently chaining animals is illegal. But the state allows sled dog operations to obtain a waiver to keep their animals tethered.


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