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​BE A VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS!

Colorado loves our Pit Bulls. We are moving  forward in legislation and hope to have no breed restrictions in the future. Bans are still in effect in  Louisville and Lone Tree. Denver just lifted their Ban, thank you Denver.    Commerce City and Aurora lifted  their BSL bans in 2021.



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.


We should be placing every healthy and safe animal that enter a Shelter or Rescue.

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 did testified and was a Stakeholder in finalizing this piece of legislation as were many that work in conjunction with our group. 

 

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 goes into effect October 31, 2019.


Another rule that will be in effect is the  disclosure and documentation of any aggressive, sick or abnormalities in any animal that is known to a Rescue, Shelter, and dog/training facility.  It must be disclosed in writing to fosters and or adopters. We are one of 31 states that require mandatory spay and neuter.   


PACFA Meetings resume in 2020. The PACFA advisory committee will have five new seats available in 2020. They also will be hiring two new investigators.​


The “Humane Pet Act” is moving forward and was assigned to the Rural Affairs Agriculture Committee. The bill will start in the House of Representative’s. The link is listed below.

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20.   

It was introduced in 2020 by Representative Monica Duran and Our First Gentleman Marlon Reis, introduced in concert with The Humane Society NATIONALLY,   The Humane Pet Act , link above.  

 ......The bill never made it out of Committee...we have a standards of care problem in Colorado. Not a puppy mill problem. We need to protect our consumers in all areas when purchasing or rescuing our companion animals.


2021:  Monica Duran and Matt Soper have again introduced another controversial bill HB21-1102. Many stakeholders were left out of the  conversations. It is aimed at closing the Pet Stores. Consumer Protection for Dog and cat Purchasers, dealing with Pet Stores only. Colorado legislators need to work together for our consumers and our companion animals.  Passed with the bill gutted.


The Socially Conscious bill was introduced in the 2021 legislative session.  HB21-1160. Placing every healthy and safe pet. It passed the house committee. 10-1, it will move quickly through our legislative system. 


A great piece of common sense legislation to protect our consumers and our companion animals. The warehousing of our companion animals with be regulated more closely. Many suffer mentally and physically in rescue boarding facilities. Rescues/Shelter that are warehousing animals will have consequences.


We totally support this legislation. Our standards of care must be addressed, not just adhering to a minimum standard of care. Passed with almost every vote a yes.


https:/leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb20-104 introduced by the Socially Conscious Community. This bill was passed into law. 



The bill grants additional duties and powers to 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)