Harmful Colorado Bill Tabled Indefinitely

Late Wednesday, the Colorado House Agriculture Committee voted to table indefinitely House Bill...

Late Wednesday, the Colorado House Agriculture Committee voted to table indefinitely House Bill 1172, which sought to strictly regulate dog breeders. HB 1172 would have: limited the number of dogs a person could own to 25, provided the Commissioner of Agriculture with extraordinary rulemaking powers, and have infringed upon privacy rights by allowing inspections of breeder’s facilities at any time.

The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs, including providing an adequate and nutritious diet, clean living conditions, regular veterinary care, kind and responsive human companionship and training in appropriate behavior. The AKC believes that numerical limits do not address the underlying issues of responsible ownership and proper dog care. Instead, the AKC supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of dogs without restricting the rights of owners or breeders who take their responsibilities seriously.

The AKC congratulates our Colorado federation, the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, for leading the effort in opposition to this bill, and thanks them for their tireless efforts on behalf of Colorado’s responsible dog breeders and owners. The AKC was pleased to assist the Colorado federation with educational background materials, and strong letters of opposition to the members of the House Agriculture Committee.