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West's Colorado Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 35. Agriculture. Pet Animal Care. Article 81. Hybrid Animals

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Citation: CO ST 35-81-101 to 102

Citation: C. R. S. A. 35-81-101 to 102


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2013

Summary:   This Colorado statute authorized the commissioner of the department of agriculture to appoint and convene an advisory group to study the behavior of hybrid canids (wolf hybrids) and felines, including a review of any incidents involving property damage and personal injury caused by such animals. The department was to present its findings and proposals for legislation in January of 1998.


Statute in Full:

 

§ 35-81-101. Legislative declaration

§ 35-81-102. Study of hybrid animals

 

§ 35-81-101. Legislative declaration

(1) The general assembly hereby determines and declares that:

(a) Hybrid canids and felines may pose a significant threat to other animals and humans because of their unpredictable nature;

(b) Wolf hybrids in particular may pose a threat to humans and have been declared responsible for killing two children each year in the United States;

(c) Ten states prohibit the breeding and maintenance of wolf hybrids;

(d) Most hybrid canids and felines are abandoned or killed when they reach two to three years of age and exhibit their wild nature, and some ultimately are contained in hybrid-animal refuges.

(2) The general assembly further determines that problems caused by hybrid canids and felines, and the lack of definitive information concerning the same, warrant a study of:

(a) The behavior of such animals;

(b) The extent of the problem in this state resulting from or projected to result from hybrid canids and felines;

(c) The regulation of the breeding, care, and maintenance of hybrid canids and felines that is necessary to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of this state and livestock and other animal life.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Laws 1997, S.B.97-167, § 1, eff. April 24, 1997.

 

§ 35-81-102. Study of hybrid animals

(1) The commissioner of the department of agriculture is hereby authorized to appoint and convene an advisory group to study the behavior of hybrid canids and felines including, but not limited to, wolf hybrids, which study shall include a review of any incidents involving property damage and personal injury caused by such animals. The advisory group shall consist of the commissioner of the department of agriculture or the commissioner's designee, a veterinarian, representatives from the division of wildlife, wolf-refuge owners, hybrid canid or feline breeders, animal-welfare agencies, and the agricultural and environmental communities.

(2) No later than January 15, 1998, the department shall present legislative committees of reference with a summary of its findings, including, if necessary, proposals for legislation.

(3) For purposes of section 35-81-101 and this section, a “hybrid canid or feline” means an animal produced by breeding a wild canid or feline with a domestic canid or feline, and that animal's progeny. “Wolf hybrid” means an animal produced by breeding a wolf with a domestic canine, and that animal's progeny.

CREDIT(S)

Added by Laws 1997, S.B.97-167, § 1, eff. April 24, 1997.

 

 



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