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(posted March 5, 2015)
It is both a violation of the Santa Fe County Animal Control Ordinance, as well as a violation of the Eldorado Covenants, to allow dogs to defecate on roadways and public places, and not clean up after them. This requirement is detailed below in the Santa Fe County Animal Control Ordinances:
If you are encountering a problem with a barking or roaming dog, at night or during weekend, please call Santa Fe Animal Control at 428-3720 to report the problem. Please follow that up with a call to the ECIA offices at 466-4248. Should you have to leave a message for Mark Young, Covenant Compliance Representative, or the ECIA staff, please be sure to leave your name and telephone number with the message. The ECIA staff frequently receives incomplete messages, left by Eldorado residents, who fail to leave their name and telephone numbers, and without this important information, it makes it very hard, if not impossible at times, to initiate covenant enforcement actions. Keep in mind that all complainant’s names are kept confidential during the covenant enforcement process.
Residents are reminded that under the Dog Ownership Policies and Guidelines, all residents are now required to keep their dogs on leash when in any of the Eldorado Greenbelts.
Rental of Houses in Eldorado
With an increasing trend of Homeowners renting out their homes in Eldorado, the ECIA has also noticed an increase in tenant violations of the Covenants and Guidelines. These violations range from barking or roaming dogs to uncovered RV’s and trailers. This increase in tenant violations, we believe, is due in part to the many homeowners (who are often absentee landlords) who are not doing an adequate job of screening their tenants or informing them that Eldorado is a covenant controlled community and that they (like the homeowner) are required to respect and follow the Eldorado Covenants as well as the Eldorado Guidelines for Protective Covenants and Building Restrictions.