Animal Control

Animal control - pets

Littleton's Animal Control division is part of the Littleton Police Department. The city has one animal control officer. Reports are made through the police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551.


Licenses and vaccinations

The City of Littleton does not license dogs or cats. However, all pets must be vaccinated. Dogs are required to wear a collar with an attached tag showing current rabies vaccination.

Limits on number of pets

The total number of adult pets (dogs, cats, ducks or rabbits) in one household is limited to three.

Lost or stray animals

Call or visit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley (HSSPV) AT 303-703-2938 during business hours to find out if a lost pet has made it to the facility. Or call the Littleton Police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551 to find out if the pet has been reported.

Leash law

Both the City of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District require that, outside of designated off-leash parks, pets must be on a leash at all times. Both park rules and city ordinances specify that the leash cannot be more than six feet long.

Police regulations concerning animals in the City Code

Farm Animals

The keeping of farm animals in Littleton is regulated by the city's Community Development Department (Planning and Zoning) and is dependent on zone district and size of lot.

  • Chickens
    Chickens only; no roosters allowed
    Up to four chicken hens
  • Horses
    One horse per .57 acre
  • Pigeons
    Maximum of 100 pigeons
    Must be affiliated with a state- or nationally-recognized racing or homing pigeon association or federation
  • Bees
    May have 4-8 colonies depending on size of lot


Wildlife in suburban areas

As development occurs, wildlife habitat area decreases and individuals may have contact with various types of wildlife more often. In most cases, there is no need for alarm and the city does not need to be notified of these encounters. Generally, most wild animals are wary of humans and try to avoid them. If the animal is acting aggressively, call 9-1-1. If it appears to be sick or injured, call the police non-emergency number at 303-794-1551.


Coyotes can be found in almost any area of Littleton. While coyotes are typically afraid of human interaction, they can get aggressive on occasion.

Feeding Wildlife

The Colorado Division of Wildlife strongly discourages feeding wildlife of any kind. Residents of Littleton are prohibited from intentionally feeding or baiting coyotes or foxes.

For more information on particular wildlife issues, visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.