July 26, 2023

Pet-Friendly Colorado

July 26, 2023
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City of Appleton, WI Farmers Market

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As residents of Colorado, we live in a state where we enjoy the outdoors from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern plains. We are fortunate to live where we can get outside, as individuals and families, and enjoy what our great state has to offer. Of course, our pets are also part of our family. While there are certainly plenty of Colorado pet restrictions you can read about (https://www.animallaw.info/statutes/us/colorado), our state is generally pet-friendly within reason with taking our pets along with us. But even with restrictions, not everywhere is pet friendly.

Recently, we left Colorado for a visit to Appleton, WI. On one morning, we decided to visit the local Appleton, WI Farmer's Market. Since we were used to bringing our pet to many places in Colorado, we assumed going to a farmer's market with our pet on a leash would be no problem. Check out the sign above. We were met with Appleton Environmental Health Rule and City Ordinance with a possible fine of $181 if we brought our pet into the Farmer's Market. While this Farmer's Market was spread out over many blocks on a city street, our pet was not welcome. In fact walking our leashed pet right behind each Farmer's Market booth on the city sidewalk was approved, but not in front of each booth area. Then, we stopped by a pet store and the owner said, "pets are allowed on the sidewalk in the city and sidewalks next to city parks but prohibited inside each city park". Say that again, you can take your pet on the sidewalk but not enter the park with your pet? Yes, that's correct. Local citizens are working to amend their city ordinance provisions.

Check out your local pet restrictions in your Colorado city. As families, lets get outside with our pets and enjoy all Colorado has to offer. Your family and your pet will thank you!

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Jim Zietlow

Colonel Jim Zietlow, USAF retired, is a US Air Force Academy graduate, served as a T-38 and T-41 Instructor Pilot and worldwide as a C-5 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner. He served as a C-5/C-17 Program Manager at the Pentagon followed by a special assignment to the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of US Congressional Legislative Liaison, Weapon Systems Division during the 9/11/2001 era. Following 9/11, Jim transferred to HQ NORAD USNORTHCOM in their Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions serving as a Program Manager, Military Plans Branch Chief culminating his military career as HQ NORAD USNORTHCOM Command Center Director. The views presented are those of the author and do not represent the views of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or its components.
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