COLORADO- Some Colorado lawmakers want to make sure animal abusers aren’t owning animals after they’re convicted.
A bill introduced by Denver lawmaker Representative Alex Valdez would make it so anyone convicted of a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge wouldn’t be able to own an animal for 5 years, and felons wouldn’t be able to own an animal for 10 years.
‘It certainly would be a good bill, a good law, to prevent future harm to animals that wouldn’t know obviously that someone had been convicted,’ said Jeff Lindsey, Chief Deputy District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District.
In one El Paso County case, a woman, Mindy Danskin was convicted of animal abuse in 2015 and 2018.
Danskin recently was able to get her animals back, something some people in her community don’t agree with.
Tiffini Kraus, who used to work with Danskin says because it’s happened more than once- she doesn’t believe Danskin should own animals.
‘I don’t think that’s enough of a consequence for what you’re doing to the animals,’ said Kraus.