19 Feb New Colorado bill would create new requirements for pet stores
The Colorado legislative session reconvened February 16, and CVMA is closely monitoring potential legislation that would impact animals or veterinary medicine in Colorado.
HB21-1102, Consumer Protection for Dog and Cat Purchasers, concerns requirements of pet stores that sell dogs or cats. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 16.
The bill creates the “Pet Store Consumer Protection Act,” which prohibits a pet store that was not licensed by the commissioner of agriculture prior to the effective date of the bill from selling or offering to sell dogs or cats on or after the effective date of the bill.
The bill also requires each pet store licensed to sell or offer to sell dogs or cats that continues to sell or offer to sell dogs or cats to:
- Include on all advertisements, including website postings, the purchase price of the dog or cat and any applicable federal or state license numbers for the breeder of the dog or cat;
- Post on the enclosure of each dog or cat the purchase price of the dog or cat and certain information on the dog’s or cat’s breeder; and
- Make certain written disclosures to a prospective consumer prior to selling a dog or cat.
The bill’s sponsors include Representative Monica Duran, Representative Matt Soper, and Senator Sonya Jaquez Lewis. A previous version of this bill (HB20-1084 Requirements for Dog and Cat Breeders and Sellers) was introduced in the legislature in 2020 prior to the COVID-19 recess.
CVMA has not yet taken a position on the bill and will continue to monitor.
The bill is scheduled to be heard February 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee. Click here to listen to the hearing.