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Sunset Pet Animal Care And Facilities Act

Concerning the continuation of the "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act", and, in connection therewith, implementing some of the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies and making an appropriation.
2019 Regular Session
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Local Government Committee. The bill implements some of the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the Colorado "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act" (Act) as follows:

  • Adds as grounds for discipline under the Act, a conviction of a local, state, or federal offense involving the theft, importation, capture, neglect, or abuse of an animal ( section 4 );
  • Extends the 2-year waiting period that a licensee whose license has been revoked must wait before applying for a new license to a principal, officer, director, manager, or any other person who has substantial control or authority over the daily operations of the entity, regardless of the reason for the revocation ( section 4 );
  • Extends the commissioner of agriculture's authority to discipline a licensee or deny a license to an applicant for crimes involving animal cruelty to cases where a licensee or applicant has entered a plea of no contest ( section 4 );
  • Requires that all fines collected under the act be credited to the general fund instead of the pet animal care and facility fund ( section 5 ); and
  • Appropriates $123,007 to the department of agriculture for the purpose of implementing the bill ( section 6 ).

The bill also:

  • Continues the Act for 7 years, until September 1, 2026 ( sections 1 and 2 );
  • Prohibits an animal shelter or pet animal rescue from releasing a dog or cat to a prospective owner unless the animal has been sterilized by a licensed veterinarian. ( section 3 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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