Cruelty to Animals in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-9-202

Colorado Cruelty to Animals and Animal Abuse

Under Colorado law, you can be charged with cruelty to animals if you overdrive, overload, overwork, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, beat, house improperly, confine in a car improperly, have sex with, mistreat, neglect or improperly feed an animal. C.R.S. 18-9-202. This extensive list leaves little conduct involving your animal, which can escape the long arm of Colorado police or animal rights activists. This charge can result in a misdemeanor or Class 5 felony and imprisonment. At a minimum, an extensive probation sentence will be imposed upon conviction.

How Cruelty to Animal Charges Originate in Colorado

We frequently see charges of this type involving animals left in cars when the temperature in the car is too high. Summer temperatures involve concerns that dogs and cats might be harmed by being left in the car with windows up. We also see cruelty to animal charges in Denver, Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, Larimer and Adams counties when someone fails to feed his or her pet well or hits or kicks an animal. In a recent case, a small dog bit our client and he swatted the animal. Charges usually accompany visits by Animal Control officers, who should never be allowed inside your home or yard. Speaking with them is the same as speaking with a police officer. Don't give any statements to Animal Control officers.

If you have been contacted by police or animal control, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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