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Animal rights groups concerned about Colorado bill

Published on February 19, 2013 3:01AM

Last changed on February 19, 2013 12:10PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- Animal rights advocates are upset about a new bill in the Colorado House that could affect how quickly authorities are able to rescue abused livestock.

Currently, animal control officers can seize cattle, horses or other livestock they suspect are being abused. The new bill would require all animals to be examined by a veterinarian first.

The bill's sponsor maintains it's important for trained vets to be involved in the decision to take animals away from their owners. But the executive director of the local Humane Society told The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction (http://bit.ly/YCfXbZ) that she worries the bill will make it harder for abused animals to be treated, particularly in remote, rural areas that might be hard for veterinarians to reach.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

Copyright 2013 The AP.


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