These Colorado laws concern liens on pet animals for persons who are entrusted with caring for the animals. Under 38-20-102, any feeder, veterinarian, or other person entrusted with the pet for feeding, keeping, boarding, or medical shall have a lien for the amount of costs incurred in the care of the animal. Any contracts (or copies thereof) made by the owner of the pet animal with the person caring for the animals may be filed with the county clerk where the owner resides (or where the contract was made for non-residents). The filing of this contract constitutes notice to the contents of the contract and the legal effect of the filing.
§ 38-20-102. Lien for care and feeding of pet animals--landlord
§ 38-20-103. Pet animal contract to be filed
(1)(a) Any feeder, veterinarian, or other person to whom pet animals are entrusted for the purpose of feeding, keeping, boarding, or medical care shall have a lien, which shall be superior to all other liens, upon such pet animals for the amount that may be due for such feeding, keeping, boarding, or medical care and for all costs incurred in enforcing such lien.
(b) If the lienholder complies with the provisions of section 38-20-103 and the pet animals referred to in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1) are sold, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of to another from the premises of the lienholder by anyone other than the lienholder acting on his or her own behalf, the lien created by this subsection (1) shall continue and attach to the proceeds received or receivable therefrom. This lien shall also be superior to all other liens.
(2) The keeper of any hotel, motel, inn, or boardinghouse or any other person who rents temporary shelter to transient guests shall have a lien upon the personal property of such transient guests found upon the premises for the amount that may be due for lodging and boarding services rendered and for all costs incurred in enforcing such lien, and such liens shall apply to the personal property of transient guests who rent temporary trailer space in any trailer court or auto court in this state. The provisions of this section shall not apply to motor vehicles owned by such transient guests parked on the premises of such hotel, motel, inn, or boardinghouse or to stolen property.
(3)(a) Any person who rents furnished or unfurnished rooms or apartments for the housekeeping purposes of his tenants, as well as the keeper of a trailer court who rents trailer space, shall have a lien upon the tenant's personal property that is then on or in the rental premises. The value of the lien shall be for the amount of unpaid board, lodging, or rent, and for reasonable costs incurred in enforcing the lien, not including attorney fees. The lien shall be upon the household furniture, goods, appliances, and other personal property of the tenant and members of his household then being upon the rental premises, but exclusive of small kitchen appliances, cooking utensils, beds, bedding, necessary wearing apparel, personal or business records and documents, and the personal effects of the tenant and the members of his household.
(b) In the event the tenant has vacated the premises, the landlord shall allow the tenant and members of his household access to the premises at any reasonable time and in a reasonable manner to remove any property not covered by the lien.
(c) In the event the tenant has not vacated the premises, the landlord or his agent may enter upon the premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of asserting the lien and, in a reasonable manner and peaceably, the landlord may assert dominion over the personal property covered by the lien. Assertion of the lien provided in this section in a manner which substantially interferes with the tenant's right to reasonably occupy and enjoy the premises is unlawful and shall cause forfeiture of the lien and shall give rise to an action for damages.
Amended by Laws 1977, H.B.1566, § 1; Laws 2005, Ch. 184, § 2, eff. May 27, 2005.
All contracts, or copies thereof, made by the owner of any pet animal with any other person, including a feeder, for the caring for the same for pay, or on shares, or in any other manner may be filed with the county clerk and recorder of the county where the owners or either of them reside, if they reside in the state, and, if the owners or either of them do not reside in the state, the copies may be filed with the county clerk and recorder of the county in which the contract was made. When such copies are so filed they shall be notice to everyone of the contents of such contracts and of the legal effect thereof.
Amended by Laws 1977, H.B.1566, § 2; Laws 2005, Ch. 184, § 3, eff. May 27, 2005.