This week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis approved of a bill banning individuals convicted of animal abuse from having pets for three to five years, The Hill reports.
Polis’s office said in a statement that he signed the proposal known as the Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction as part of several other measures to recognize the state’s very first Animal Welfare Day on Wednesday, May 1.
The legislation dictates that courts can prohibit “a person convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning a pet animal for a period of 3 to 5 years.”
For juvenile offenders, the bill also allows for animal abusers under 18 to be “adjudicated a delinquent for an animal cruelty crime from owning a pet animal.”
In a statement, Polis said that the new law will “increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty.”
Polis also unveiled a new state measure known as the People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee, an effort that he dubbed “an opportunity to look at what Colorado can do to protect our animals from cruelty and ensure their wellbeing.”