More than 40 dogs taken from Bent County residence

Posted By elaine on January 20, 2011

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(Photo/Colorado HumaneSociety)

More than 40 dogs were removed from a private residence in Bent County yesterday.

The Bent County Sheriff’s Office says they came to the home after getting to animal cruelty complaints. Once on scene, the sheriff’s office along with the Colorado Humane Society and SPCA investigators found the dogs were living in unsanitary conditions with inadequate shelter.

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(Photo/Colorado Humane Society)

After discussing the condition of the animals with the owner and the care required by state law, the owner surrendered most of the dogs to the Colorado Humane Society.

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(Photo/Colorado Humane Society)

“The owner was very cooperative and made the best decision for these dogs by allowing us to remove them from a potentially life-threatening situation,” said Duane Adams, Associate Director for the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.

“The help from the Colorado Humane Society was invaluable in this investigation,” said Tandy Hasser, Bent County Undersheriff. “I appreciate their knowledge and expertise. Many animals will have a safe and dry place to sleep tonight because of this partnership.”

The dogs 42 relinquished dogs were brought to the Denver Dumb Friends League and after being evaluated, they should be available by the weekend. Most of the dogs are small breeds like Chihuahuas, Daschunds, Papillion, and Pekinese.

The owners name was not released and the Bent County Sheriff’s Office is still considering whether or not to charge the owner with animal neglect. The owner refused to relinquish several other dogs that will now be monitored by local law enforcement and Colorado Humane investigators.

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