Colorado - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person:

licensed veterinarians
(CRS 12-64-121 (1))
non-veterinary specific requirement
(CRS 18-9-209 (1)) 

 
Animal Abuse Reporting is:

mandatory "shall report"
"shall report" (CRS 12-64-121 (1))

Reportable Offenses:

cruelty
animal fighting
(CRS 12-64-121 (1))

Good Faith Reporting has:

immunity
(CRS 12-64-121 (1))
immunity also provided for "a person"
(CRS 18-9-209 (1))

Report to: local law enforcement agency or bureau of animal protection
(CRS 18-9-209 (1), 12-64-121 (1))
Sources:

Colorado State Statutes 

Found in Title 12. Profession and Occupations. General-Continued. Article 64. Veterinarians. CRS 12-64-120

Title 12. Profession and Occupations. General-Continued. Article 64. Veterinarians. CRS 12-64-121

Title 18. Criminal Code. Article 9. Offenses Against the Public Peace, Order, Decency. Part 2. Cruelty to Animals. CRS 12-9-209