Animal Law

EQUINE LAW  C.R.S. 13-21-119

The Colorado legislature enacted C.R.S. 13-21-119 in 1990 with the intent of encouraging equine and llama activities by limiting the civil liability of  those involved in such activities.  The general assembly recognizes that persons who participate in equine activities may incur injuries as a result of the inherent risks involved in such activities. Under Colorado Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 13-21-119, Colorado Revised Statutes.   However, liability is not limited where faulty equipment or tack was provided or the person or business failed to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the activity or if the person or business  commits an act or omission that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant.


Pursuant to C.R.S. 13-21-119(5)(a) every equine professional shall post and maintain signs which contain the warning notice:  WARNING Under Colorado Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 13-21-119, Colorado Revised Statutes. 


SERVICE ANIMALS  C.R.S. 18-13-107.3, C.R.S. 18-13-107.7

There are now fines and penalties for individuals who misrepresent that their companion animals are service animals under the newly enacted legislation.  Service animals - The Colorado legislature enacted C.R.S. 18-13-107.3 Intentional misrepresentation of entitlement to an assistance animal,   which went into effect on January 1, 2017.   

(1)  A person commits intentional misrepresentation of entitlement to an assistance animal if:(a)  The person intentionally misrepresents entitlement to an animal in his or her possession as an assistance animal for the purpose of obtaining any of the rights or privileges set forth in state or federal law for an individual with a disability as a reasonable accommodation in housing;
(b)  The person was previously given a written or verbal warning regarding the fact that it is illegal to intentionally misrepresent entitlement to an assistance animal; and
(c)  The person knows that:(I)  The animal is not an assistance animal with regard to that person; or
(II)  The person does not have a disability.

(2)  A person who violates subsection (1) of this section commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished as follows:(a)  For a first offense, a fine of twenty-five dollars;
(b)  For a second offense, a fine of not less than fifty dollars but not more than two hundred dollars; and
(c)  For a third or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than one hundred dollars but not more than five hundred dollars.   Under C.R.S. 18-13-107.7. Intentional misrepresentation of a service animal for a person with a disability - penalty - sealing of conviction records - definitions

(1)  A person commits intentional misrepresentation of a service animal if:(a)  The person intentionally misrepresents an animal in his or her possession as his or her service animal or service-animal-in-training for the purpose of obtaining any of the rights or privileges set forth in section 24-34-803, C.R.S.;(b)  The person was previously given a written or verbal warning regarding the fact that it is illegal to intentionally misrepresent a service animal; and(c)  The person knows that the animal in question is not a service animal or service-animal-in-training.(2)  A person who violates subsection (1) of this section commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished as follows:(a)  For a first offense, a fine of twenty-five dollars;(b)  For a second offense, a fine of not less than fifty dollars but not more than two hundred dollars; and(c)  For a third or subsequent offense, a fine of not less than one hundred dollars but not more than five hundred dollars.   A person with such a conviction may petition the District Court to seal the record of conviction of intentional misrepresentation of a service animal.