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Colorado could be the first no-kill state

Me on the trail with my dogs and a friend's dog
Me on the trail with my dogs and a friend's dog
Lyn Lomasi

Two attorneys from have submitted a ballot proposal called the Colorado No-Kill Pet Animal Act, which could essentially make Colorado a no-kill state – the first in the nation.

Currently, in the state of Colorado, animals can be euthanized if they are in extreme pain or otherwise suffering. They can also be euthanized if they are considered dangerous or if the shelter has no resources for them. This should occur after the current holding period has expired (which usually varies from 3-5 days) and a licensed veterinarian has approved the euthanasia.

Under the current draft of the Colorado No-Kill Pet Animal Act, euthanasia restrictions would be tighter, saving more animals from a terrible fate. While it may or may not have been intended when the current law was written, some say that loopholes make it possible to euthanize animals for things like simple stomach aches or just to make room for more animals. The new act, if approved in its current form, would make it so that only animals who were suffering could be put down.

In a state known both for its pet-friendly accommodations, as well as its harsh treatment and killing of bully breeds, is this kind of change possible? Will residents opt to save more animals and ditch what are often called outdated laws by animal advocates? Or will this state instead opt to keep breed-specific and other legislation that many say allows for the killing of innocent animals?

Time will tell.

Effort is being made to get the initiative on the ballot this coming November.

Which would you choose?

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