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