Adding a new layer of absurdity to animal-related laws and regulations, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule mandating life jackets for dogs boarded at facilities where water is accessible to inmates.
For James Bertini, who has run doggy daycare facility Earthdog Denver for the last decade, the proposed rules go too far. A number of Bertini’s customers come from Boulder County, where pet daycare is generally a swim-free experience.
“We have a park with a pool in it, and that means every dog that walks in our park would have to have a life jacket on,” he said. “This is extreme overreach with this proposed rule.”
The draft rules state that “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.” They also stipulate that the pool must have at least one lifeguard on duty to watch over the bedraggled barkers.