Dangerous Dog Policy Approved

The Dangerous Dog Policy was approved at the June 20, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors. The Policy Index has been updated. To read the signed Policy, click here. To view the ZHA Policy Index, visit http://www.zapatahomeowners.org/basic-governance on this website.

Policy 0035.01 Danger/Vicious and At-Large Dogs

A member having a dangerous or vicious dog or having a dog at-large on the Zapata
subdivision will be subject to this policy as defined by Alamosa County Ordinance 13
and Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 18.9.204.5. Any dog belonging to a member,
guest/family of members, or renter of member’s property on the ZHA subdivision is
subject to this policy. The ZHA member or “responsible member” will be held
accountable for a dog’s action and will be subject to the provisions below. The Board of
Directors may take legal action against the responsible member should he/she fail to
comply with this policy. For board action to take place, a dangerous/vicious dog or dog
at-large must be reported to both the ZHA administrator and the Alamosa County
Sheriff’s Department/Animal Control. The ZHA cannot enforce this policy unless the
dangerous/vicious dog or dog at-large has been reported and documented by the
Alamosa County Sheriff/Animal Control.

Dangerous/Vicious Dog

Any member (or guest/family/renter of a member) who has been cited by Alamosa
County and found guilty as having a dangerous or vicious dog in the Zapata subdivision
shall be required by the Board of Directors to permanently remove the animal from the
Zapata subdivision. Failure to remove the animal from the subdivision within seven
days of notification by the board will result in a fine to the responsible member as
defined in Policy Number 026.XX – Enforcement of Governing Documents/Fine
Schedule.

At Large Dog

A dog that leaves its owner’s property needs to be under control at all times and not at large
as described by the County Ordinance and State Law. A dog that is at-large in the
Zapata subdivision is a nuisance and can be a threat to humans, other pets, and
wildlife. When a member (or guest/family/renter of a member) has been cited by
Alamosa County and found guilty as having a dog-at-large, the responsible member will
be fined as defined in Policy Number 026.XX – Enforcement of Governing
Documents/Fine Schedule.

Board Approved: June 21, 2019 Effective Date: June 24, 2019