Mandatory life jackets for dogs in kennels? Colorado could be the first

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The drafted rule says: "Every dog must wear a personal flotation device while in or while having access to a pool area whenever the pool water is deeper than the height of the dog at its shoulder."

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Anderson says her program is also exploring new staffing requirements that would cover observing dogs in pools. Currently, she explains, up to sixty dogs can be at one of these locations, with only one human supervisor required for every fifteen.

"If you can imagine sixty dogs with access to a swimming pool...that would be difficult to monitor," she says.

There are facilities that already use these flotation devices, and they have been available to dog owners for years, she explains.

"This is not a new idea," she says.

Actually requiring them, though, would be new. In fact, she says, she thinks Colorado could be one of the first states to implement this kind of rule. "This would probably be a model, as is most of our program already," she notes.

Here's the full draft proposal, which includes the flotation requirement.
Proposed Rules

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" Screw you guys, I'm going home ! ", replied my Rottweiler, worried the Poodles would all laugh at him when told to wear a preserver before entering the 10 inch deep pool ......

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

Yeah, good idea. Why waste time doing fruitless stuff like banning assault weapons and 100-round clips? This is way more important.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

BUT KIDS in Az. only have to go to a back yard to REGULARLY DROWN!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

In Arizona private lakes NO RULES = NO LIFE JACKETS. WHAT about Colorado's private lakes?

John Paul Rojas
John Paul Rojas

I'm all for it. Why not? When you drop your dog off at one of these facilities you expect your dog to be safe. Right? For some of us ( I'd say most really ) our animals are family members.

Tommy James
Tommy James

Mandate snorkels too... It just makes sense.

Tommy James
Tommy James

I would hate it if my dog drown... in a kennel... in land locked Colorado.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Great way to spend legislation time and money. Really? I mean... REALLY?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Maybe they can prescribe them birth control pills too. Do we have enough government yet?

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