A bill is advancing in Colorado that would expand the powers of the state’s Bureau of Animal Protection agents.
Currently, the purpose of the Bureau of Animal Protection as stated on the Department of Agriculture’s website, is to “serve as a support mechanism to local law enforcement agencies in conducting animal cruelty and neglect investigations.” This includes issuing summons and complaints. Senate Bill 20-104 would significantly expand their powers and grant agents who have completed training the power to conduct investigations. Concerns among others that have been raised include who may be appointed as agents and therefore be given these expanded powers.
AKC thanks the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs for their tireless work this year at the Colorado General Assembly, including continuing to work with the sponsor to address concerns with this bill.
Senate Bill 20-104 has passed the Senate Local Government Committee and is currently pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee. While the AKC and the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs understand that amendments may be forthcoming, we encourage you to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee to express any comments and concerns you may have:
Senator Rachel Zenzinger, Chair
Senator Dominick Moreno, Vice Chair
Senator Mike Foote
Senator Bob Gardner
Senator Julie Gonzales
Senator Chris Hansen
Senator Dennis Hisey
Senator Bob Rankin
Senator Robert Rodriguez
Senator Rob Woodward
AKC will continue to provide information as it becomes available. For more information, contact the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-842-1033, or AKC Government Relations at email@example.com.