Do Colorado animal cruelty statutes include provision for ordering evaluation and mental health treatment for animal cruelty offenders?

Yes, Colorado Revised Statute 18-9-202  provides authority for the court to “order an evaluation to be conducted prior to sentencing to assist the court in determining an appropriate sentence” and also to order that an offender “complete an anger management treatment program or any other treatment program that the court may deem appropriate.” The Colorado LINK Project recommends that courts order evaluations that are done by individuals with training and expertise in performing “animal cruelty offense specific” evaluations.