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SB24-045

Modifications to Sterilization Requirements for Cats & Dogs

Concerning modifications to the exemptions from the sterilization requirement under the "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act".
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Agriculture
Bill Summary

The "Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act" prohibits any animal shelter or pet animal rescue (facility) from releasing a dog or cat to a prospective owner unless the animal has been sterilized, except in cases in which sterilization would jeopardize the life or health of the dog or cat. A facility in an area with limited access to licensed veterinarians may be granted an exemption from the sterilization requirement by the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner). The bill:

  • Removes the exemption from the sterilization requirement due to the health of the animal; and
  • Prohibits facilities that import unsterilized dogs or cats into the state of Colorado from receiving an exemption from the commissioner.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details