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It doesn't matter what your party affiliation may be or the medium you use to speak out -- unless we ALL raise our voices and tell our legislators we want a higher level of care for our companion animals, suffering will continue.

We look to our Sheltering community as they already have standards of care in place to lead in the discussions 

on how we can handle sickness coming into Colorado, isolation times, vaccinations, and vet examinations. 


Currently PACFA is engaged in the completion of their Education training  modules. We have enjoyed working on the Transportation committee. 


We are thankful that BSL bans on  pit bull bans have been lifted in three cities in 2011.   Any dogs can be dangerous. Let’s not discriminate. Only Louisville and Lone Tree still have bans in effect.


 

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

FIND YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR AT https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators

LET'S FOCUS ON COLORADO THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION -- THE CLIMATE IS RIPE FOR CHANGE!

EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE ISSUES - YOUR VOICES AND SUPPORT NEED TO BE LOUD AND CLEAR IF WE ARE TO EMPOWER OUR LEGISLATORS.


Our  COMMUNITY Commitment

Our society is at a critical point in shaping the future of animal welfare. Colorado is leading  welfare in many areas.  While most people mean well in their attempts to change public policy around how we care for homeless pets, some recent decisions have created regulations that are leading to unintended suffering for the very pets that people are trying to protect. We must educate colleagues, friends, family members, neighbors and policymakers.

  It’s about transparency and leadership. It’s about thoughtful public policy. It’s about safe communities. We must work together to create the best outcomes for all animals.

Every Animal must be treated as an individual.

The mental well being of an animal must be considered. 

Placing known dangerous animals creates life threatening outcomes for people and other pets. 

Updated Legislation 


Current information:

(Pet Animal Care Facilities Act) program. The Sunset review Bill SB19-158 passed and became law in 2019. The bill was signed into law in September 2019.  Rule making is over for 2019. We absolutely thank our legislators for their outstanding work. 

TABTO.org testified and was a stakeholder on the legislation. 

 

Spay and Neuter became mandatory in the state of Colorado and will be regulated through PACFA.  It shall apply to Shelters and Rescues. The rule went into effect October 31, 2019. 


Also  a new rule was passed that rescues and shelters  must disclosure and document any of aggressive, sick or abnormalities in any animal that is known to a Rescue, Shelter, adopter, and dog training facility.  


The “Humane Pet Act” did not move out of committee. 

It was introduced in 2020 by Representative Monica Duran and Our First Gentleman Marlon Reis, introduced and written by the The Humane Society NATIONALLY,   The Humane Pet Act.

 ......The bill never made it out of Committee...we have a standards of care problem and a retail rescue in Colorado, not a puppy mill problem. We need to protect our consumers and the industry when purchasing or rescuing our companion animals. Disease control and Veterinarian exam will be talked about. 

 

2021: Monica Duran and Matt Soper have again introduced another controversial bill HB21-1102. Many stakeholders were left out the process. If you were not a democrat you could not be part of the process.  The bill was aimed at closing the Pet Stores and hidden under consumer saying the protection for dog and cat purchased in Colorado. Passed as a disclosure of breeder information only. The bill was gutted. 


The Socially Conscious bill was introduced in the 2021 legislative session.  HB21-1160. It passed the house committee 10-1, and Senate 5-1.  PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE the second and third readings, unanimously. 

The warehousing of our companion animals with be regulated more closely after approval.

Many suffer dogs  mentally and physically suffer warehouse in boarding facilities in Colorado.



A new bill passed  granting additional duties and powers to thee bureau of animal protection agents (agent), including the authority to conduct investigations; to take possession of and impound any animal that the agent has probable cause to believe is a victim of cruelty to animals; and to take possession of and impound a dog if the agent has probable cause to believe the dog is a dangerous dog.


Bureau of Animal Protection

The Colorado Humane Society (NOT THE NATIONAL HUMANE SOCIETY )and SPCA is the designated investigative agency for animal neglect and cruelty in numerous Colorado counties and provides three ways to report by: calling their toll free animal cruelty hotline (1-800-249-5121) 



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