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Dec 21, 2012 2:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Colorado weighs rules requiring dog life jackets

BOULDER, Colorado (AP) - Colorado officials are considering a rule that would require doggy daycare facilities and boarding kennels to put their animals in life jackets and have a lifeguard on duty if the dogs have access to a pool.

Kate Anderson, a manager in the state Agriculture Department's Pet Animal Care Facilities Program, says the proposal is only a draft in the early stages of the process.

The Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/c8rn7nv ) reported Thursday the rule wouldn't become final until after public input and a public hearing.

Anderson says officials have discussed changing the draft to require life jackets or a lifeguard but not both.

A life jacket would be required if a dog has access to a pool deeper than its shoulders.

Anderson says dogs have drowned in Colorado daycare facilities.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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