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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Providing more legal resources to protect animals could help reduce crime against people

Fido and Frisky may enjoy a little more protection in Colorado under a bill recently proposed in the state house.

Not only would the bill bar anyone convicted of criminal cruelty to animals from owning an animal for a set period of years, but it also gives judges leeway to order mental health treatment for defendants.

That’s a win for pets and people alike. How we treat animals is a good indicator of how we treat other humans.

For most of us, abusing any animal — and particularly pets — is either unconscionable or downright unforgivable. Dogs and cats become cherished members of our families. Teddy bear hamsters and guinea pigs teach our children responsibility and kindness.

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