On The Dotted Line for Canines (Felines Too)

(May 13) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills today designed to protect dogs and bring awareness to shelter pets.

SB13-201, sponsored in the House by Reps. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), designates dogs and cats that are adopted from Colorado animal shelters and rescues as the official state pets. This bill was brought to the legislature by eighth graders from Peakview Middle School in Walsenburg, and the students followed the bill through the entire process.

“I’m thrilled that Gov. Hickenlooper signed the state pet bill into law today to bring awareness to Colorado’s rescue animals,” Rep. Pettersen said. “These dogs and cats need good families and loving homes, and this bill will highlight the great work our animal shelters do every day in our community.”

SB13-226, sponsored in the House by Reps. Lois Court (D-Denver) and Don Coram (R-Montrose), requires local law enforcements agencies to provide training to officers for dog encounters. Revising a shoot-any-threatening-dog policy, this bill provides protections for both law enforcement and the dogs they may encounter. Law enforcement was in favor of the bill.

“Protecting our furry friends is not a partisan matter,” Rep. Court said. “I’m happy we will be able to provide training for our law enforcement officers that will protect both dogs and our police men and women.”

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