Colorado bans animal abusers from owning pets

The Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction allows Colorado judges to prohibit convicted animal abusers from owning or caring for a pet.

In May of this year, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed legislation banning animal abusers in Colorado from owning a pet for up to five years. He says the law will “increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty.”

Much like a restraining order, the bill (known as the Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction) allows a judge to prohibit a person convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning, possessing or caring for a pet for a period of three to five years. The judge can also make the abuser complete an anger management program or other mental health treatment.