11 Feb CVMA monitors SB 20-104 (Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents)
Updated 2/11/20: The Senate Committee on Local Government unanimously passed an amended version of this bill to the Appropriations Committee. See more.
Originally published 1/24/20: CVMA is monitoring Colorado SB 20-104, Powers of Bureau of Animal Protection Agents. CVMA supports the legislative intent of the bill to protect companion animals from cruelty and neglect, and the need for clarification of the powers of Bureau of Animal Protection (BAP) agents.
CVMA also supports ensuring that BAP agents have effective, efficient structure and authority that facilitates their important work in a variety of settings across Colorado.
The bill summary reads:
The bill grants additional duties and powers to bureau of animal protection agents (agent), including the authority to conduct investigations; to take possession of and impound any animal that the agent has probable cause to believe is a victim of cruelty to animals; and to take possession of and impound a dog if the agent has probable cause to believe the dog is a dangerous dog.
To read more about this bill, view it on the CVMA Bill Tracker.
Protecting the practice of veterinary medicine in Colorado and advocating for veterinarians and animal welfare is one of CVMA’s most important missions. CVMA’s efforts at the state legislature is a key benefit of being a CVMA member — we do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on doing what you do best: Ensuring animals receive the care they deserve.