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January 30, 2019

The Colorado House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill tomorrow (Thursday, January 31) that would prohibit ownership of animals for five years for any misdemeanor violation, and 10 years for a felony violation.

House Bill 19-1092 increases the penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty in Colorado.  The sponsor of the bill has stated that the purpose of restricting animal ownership is to remove animals from dangerous situations.

AKC strongly believes that no animal should be kept in a situation where their health or safety is at risk and that those who harm animals should be held accountable for their actions. There have been some concerns expressed, however, that courts should have the ability to weigh each case on an individual basis.

Those who wish to comment on House Bill 1092 may contact the House Judiciary Committee by visiting the committee webpage.

For questions or more information, contact the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners at or (303) 842-1033, or AKC Government Relations at