Council to hold public hearing on proposed animal ordinance

Published on June 06, 2024

From a dog's perspective, a photograph of a small white dog with brown markings on a leash walking on a trail. The male dog owner, holding the leash is blurred in the background.

The Los Alamos County Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 1000 Central Avenue as part of its scheduled council meeting. The hearing will consider proposed Ordinance 02-355, which seeks to amend Chapter 6, the section of Los Alamos Code that governs animals.

Some of the proposed amendments include:

  • Modifying the prohibition of unreasonable animal noises,
  • Changes related to animal bites and impounding procedures,
  • Updates regarding unclaimed animals,
  • Removing the Municipal Court's authority over dangerous dogs as dangerous dog adjudications are governed by state law (Dangerous Dog Act (NMSA 77-1A-1 through NMSA 77-1A-6),
  • Designating Ashley Pond as a Wildlife Protection Area, and
  • Removing adoption fees from the code (these will be established by the County Council through the adoption of a schedule of fees).

What is not included in the proposed ordinance is any language related to permitting or prohibiting the feeding of wildlife or waterfowl.


Read the proposed Ordinance 02-355 online. Community members are encouraged to attend the hearing in person or via Zoom and provide public comment. Following the public comments, the Council will consider whether or not to adopt the ordinance.


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