The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has provided notice to the public about a rule-making hearing regarding Senate Bill 19158. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the Big Thompson Conference Room at the CDA office location at 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield.

According to the CDA public notice, “the purpose of this rule-making is to effect the changes from the 2018 sunset report and Senate Bill 19158.”

The rule-making hearing includes changes to pet sterilization requirements, the addition of disciplinary actions for offenders and the addition of new definition and revised fees for licensing.

The rule introduces a new category to represent better exhibition, recreation and sporting businesses that do not breed animals as part of their enterprise. These businesses include dog-sledding outfitters and hunt clubs.

An additional, separate wholesale license category was also added for breeders who are patrons include retail establishments.

The department has indicated that these changes were introduced to further protect the health and well-being of animals within these categories.

Any party interested in the rule-making hearing may file a comment with the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture’s office. Comments must be submitted before the hearing on Aug. 21. Interested parties also have the option to present their written data, views or arguments during the hearing.

There is a copy of the proposed rule at www.colorado.gov/ag. Additionally, a copy of the rule may be requested by calling 303-869-9004 or by visiting the Colorado Department of Agriculture in Broomfield during regular business hours.