DENVER (KKTV) – A new bill was introduced in the Colorado State House that would require pet owners to pay an annual fee and register their pets with the state.
It was introduced in late January and is sponsored by El Paso County Representative Regina English.
The bill would require registration through the Department of Agriculture, which aims to better connect pets with their owners and provide care if the pet owner is unable to care for their animal. A system of doers is to be created.
According to Summary of the bill, pet owners will pay an annual fee to be determined by the enterprise. It will not exceed $8.50 per year for each pet with a designated caregiver. If the pet is not spayed or neutered, the fee will be capped at $16 per year. And if the pet has no designated caretaker, the fee will be capped at $25 per year.
The bill states that if it passes and someone fails to comply, it will result in a fine of up to $100 for the illegal act.
The House is scheduled to meet on February 22 to discuss agriculture issues.
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