Colorado Lawmakers Nix Animal Abuser Registry Bill

A Colorado bill that would have established a registry for convicted animal abusers in that state has failed in committee.

The legislation, HB1087, would have established an online registry containing the names (including aliases), addresses, and photographs of individuals 18 years of age or older convicted of cruelty to animals in Colorado. Names of animal cruelty offenders would have remained in the registry for five years and registrants would have been required to notify the state department of public safety of any change of address.

On Jan. 30 the members of the Colorado House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources voted to postpone the bill indefinitely. The sponsor, State Representative Jeanne Labuda, said legislators' concerns over offenders' long term privacy issues were responsible for the bill's demise.

"The main issue was the information being online," Labuda said. "Once you get on a registry computer list, you never get off."

Labuda said she is undecided about introducing an amended version of the bill during the state's next legislative term.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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