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CO Update: Senate to Consider Amended Seizure Bill on Mon. (3/19)

(Friday, March 16, 2012)

AKC Government Relations has learned that the Colorado Senate is likely to consider an amended version of House Bill 12-1155 on Monday, March 19. This bill would make several changes to the procedures associated with animals seized as a result of an owners’ suspected violation of neglect, cruelty, or other animal criminal laws.

The AKC strongly supports the humane treatment of dogs and believes that no dog should be kept in circumstances where its needs cannot be adequately fulfilled.

As introduced, however, HB 12-1125 would have created new animal seizure provisions that would have been detrimental to the rights of animal owners.

More recently, amendments supported by the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and the AKC have been introduced and supported in the report of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This new version of the bill would now protect both the health and welfare of animals and the rights of animal owners charged with neglect or other animal crimes during an initial impoundment and trial.

Responsible dog owners in Colorado are strongly urged to call or email their Senators this weekend and ask them to support the Judiciary Committee Report on HB-1125. (View the contact directory for the Colorado Senate here).

Click here for more information about the changes to this legislation and to view previous alerts regarding this bill.

For questions or more information, contact the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs at (303) 842-1033 or kharahs@comcast.net, or AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

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