Legislation

Cook County Ordinance is Upheld!

On May 21, 2015, federal judge Matthew F. Kennelly upheld the Cook County Companion Animal and Consumer Protection Ordinance against a challenge from two area pet stores. The Judge granted the County's motion to dismiss on all claims. The plaintiffs have until June 11 to amend their complaint, though the Judge stated that it was "highly unlikely" that they would be able to cure the defects in their complaint.

These recent rulings by the courts ensure that puppy mill puppies will not be sold in those locations, thus decreasing the demand for mill pups. Puppies can be adopted from shelters and rescues and bought from reputable breeders. This enforces the wave of anti-puppy mill sentiment momentum in the US.

Great Job Rhode Island!

In March, the District Court of Rhode Island became the first of the federal courts considering challenges to retail pet sale bans to issue a decision. In a lengthy opinion on summary judgment, the Court upheld the city of East Providence's retail pet sale ordinance, which prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.

HB 14-1270, Pet Animal Care Facilities Act Renewal and Revisions

Pet Animal Care Facilities Act revisions-signed into law June 6, 2014

The Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) is a law put into place to protect pet animals kept in any kind of a facility in specific quantities-from breeding, to groomers, to doggie daycares, to shelters and rescues-to be licensed and inspected by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture.  

The Act contains a "sunset" clause, which means it is removed from statute after a specified period of years unless a law is passed to renew it.   This was the year to renew.

Positive Changes to the 2014 law:

  • Another sunset review in five years
  • Capping pet license fees at $700
  • Requiring PACFA inspectors to report animal cruelty and fighting when suspected
  • Requiring the promulgation of rules regarding rabies disclosures when an animal is adopted or sold
  • Requiring the mandatory denial of a license upon a second animal cruelty conviction of the licensee
  • Harmonizing definitions for small-scale dog breeders and hobby breeders
  • Requiring the promulgation of rules regarding written disclosures on an animal’s origins and health prior to sale or adoption

SB14-039, Preveterinary Emergency Care for Dogs and Cats

Colorado Senate Bill 14-039 signed into law on March 20, 2014

This law authorizes emergency medical service providers to provide necessary care for dogs and cats.  First responders usually take care of pets at the scene but it was illegal to do so-now it's not!

HB 14-1146, Prohibit Greyhound Racing

HB 14-1146, signed into law on March 10, 2014

Colorado is the 39th state to ban Greyhound racing.

Although the last Colorado greyhound track closed in 2008, new ones could have opened at any time without this legislative action. 

The reasons behind this bill:

  • At commercial racetracks, greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement and are kept in warehouse-style kennels, cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around.
  • Between 1993 and 2007, 2,636 greyhound injuries were reported at Colorado tracks. (How many went unreported?)
  • Injuries included broken legs and fractured spines.
  • Breeders and trainers were fined and had licenses suspended when they were caught, which may have been all too seldom. One breeder could not explain how 200 of his dogs disappeared; a trainer gave cocaine to a dog; another breeder allowed her dogs to become tick-infested; 13 dogs died in a barn fire; 100 were discovered ill with kennel cough. All of this is documented.
  • As bad as these reported incidents were, they pale in comparison to what has gone on in the seven states that still prop up this dying industry. Some incidents are too shocking to describe here.