Commissioners agree, no dogs allowed in Mesa County buildings

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A new Mesa County policy was passed Monday, stating only service dogs are allowed in their buildings.

Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution, they say it came down to a liability issue in case an employee or a resident's dog causes harm.

This isn't anything new, in fact for some county buildings like Public Health and Human Services, they have always only allowed service dogs under a state ruling.

As for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, they have some exemption as they work with a K9 unit daily.

However, places like the Courthouse, Elections Office and Administration building will only have service dogs enter their buildings.

"Many dogs are very friendly but you never know when they are going to act aggressively for that matter and I guess that was our biggest concern was the safety not only for the people who came into the building with a non-service dog and their dog or an employee so probably the best thing to do is limit it to service dogs only,” said John Justman, Mesa County Commissioner.

They say dogs must be house broken, well behaved, and wear their service vest at all times.

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