CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department is clarifying the current ordinance regarding pets, after being a topic of discussion at Casper City Council.
The Casper PD sent out a press release on Wednesday encouraging pet owners to “take measures to protect themselves, their pets, and others.”
Casper Police Department Animal Protection Officers work in partnership with Metro Animal Shelter to serve Casper.
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The PD says that Casper’s updated Animal Care and Control Ordinance can offer ways to protect your pets.
“When at home, if you choose to have your pet outside and you are not providing direct supervision, make sure they are guarded against wandering too far by having a secure, enclosed fence,” the PD says. “The ordinance also says pets can be unsupervised, tethered to a secure structure, if you don’t have a fence within ordinance guidelines.”
When out in public, at parks, or otherwise using outdoor amenities in Casper, the ordinance requires pets to be leashed.
“Think about it this way,” said Clyde Daniels, Animal Protection Officer, “leashes protect both the dog and the dog owner from unexpected accidents. And let’s face it, you may have your dog under control, but are you 100% confident that the person walking towards you with dogs off-leash has his or her dogs under control? By requiring all pets to be on leashes, we are doing our best to protect everyone.”
The Casper Police say that the city offers multiple public spaces where pets are encouraged to be off the leash.
Those locations are Lake McKenzie Dog Park and Morad Park. There are also fenced dog parks within the city, such as the enclosed area by Tate Pump House.
Casper City Council also recently approved plans for a new dog park in East Casper.
“The Casper Police Department and our Animal Protection Officers love animals,” said Rebekah Ladd, Public Information Officer. “For us, love looks like protection. We want to protect all humans and animals in this community. One way for us to do that is to ask that everyone play by the same rules.”
In a written statement the Casper Police Department asked residents to consider the following reasons to use a leash. They are written here, as submitted:
They help prevent your dog from chasing after cars, bikes, people and other animals.
It’s courteous to others, especially if they don’t know your dog personally.
A single lost dog is one too many.
Most dogs don’t mind leashes, in fact, most like them when used properly.
Leashes help protect your dog from potential dangers in the environment.
A leash could save your dog’s life.Casper Police Department Press Release, June 26, 2019
Aside from leashing, the ordinance also protects animals within the City of Casper from being treated cruelly, such as being beaten, starved, or not provided proper sanitary shelter.
The ordinance goes on to protect animals from being left in hot cars, being used in fights or being denied necessary veterinary care.
Subsequently, the ordinance also allows Animal Protection Officers to provide assistance to animals that are considered at-large, dangerous, or vicious.
Casper PD also points out that the Animal Care and Control Ordinance requires all pet owners to pick up their pet’s waste. This requirement is in place for the purpose of overall community health and wellness.
To view the full Animal Ordinance and to learn more about our animal protection services, please visit casperwy.gov.
The following image was distributed by the Casper Police Department, along with Wednesday’s written release.