SB14-039 has just been signed into law, allowing emergency medical responders to provide emergency care to domesticated animals. Previously, animals could only be treated by veterinarians, but through the passage of this bill, animals that are, for example, injured in a car accident can be treated on the scene along with their owners.
Care of pets and other domesticated animals is an important consideration during disasters. The State of Colorado has published several documents in relation to animal care in disasters and emergencies, including:
- Animal Issues in Emergency Management
- Providing for Pets During Disasters, Part 1 and Part 2
- Caring for Livestock Before Disaster
- Caring for Livestock During Disaster
- Caring for Livestock After Disaster
- Colorado Emergency Operations Plan, Agriculture and Natural Resource Annex (addresses domestic animal care operations).