A new law in Colorado bans anyone with a history of animal abuse from owning pets. The law, known as Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction, was recently passed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado.
It will increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty.Gov. Polis, via CBS4
Along with this new law, animal abusers can also be sentenced by a judge to attend anger management programs and other mental health treatments.
This law is a huge step in the right direction and will ensure animals in need find safe homes with loving owners. It will bring awareness to the responsibilities that come with owning an animal, and help eliminate animal cruelty.
Polis also announced the introduction of a People for Animal Welfare Committee during the signing of this bill. The committee will be playing an advisory role on animal protection issues within the state.