Report those 
who sell pets on corners,
 parking lots

Mesa County officials have attempted to restrict the sort of casual cat and dog sales that often happen in the parking lots of big-box stores in the area, but are seeking the public’s help in reporting those situations when they view them.

A Public Pet Rehoming Permit ordinance enacted last year requires pet owners who wish to rehome cats and dogs in public places to obtain a permit.

“Allowing dogs and cats to be sold, traded, bartered or given away in a public venue without reasonable restrictions can be detrimental to the animals and our citizens,” a press release from Mesa County Animal Services reads.

Officials say they are actively enforcing the new permit rules, but are encouraging the public to be vigilant of people who may be selling or rehoming cats or dogs in area parking lots, street corners, or in front of businesses.

People who believe they’ve witnessed unpermitted rehoming should contact animal control officials at 242-4646.

Applying for the permit is easy. Application packets are available at the Mesa County Animal Services website, animalservices.mesacounty.us. There is no fee for the permit and applications are processed within five working days, officials said.


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