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Animal Cruelty


Puppies Dumped in Highlands Ranch

May 2013

Douglas County, Colo.  – Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement, in conjunction with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and the Colorado Humane Society, is asking for help in finding those responsible for abandoning five 3 to 7-day-old puppies in Highland Heritage Regional Park near S. University and S. Quebec St. Any information on the crime can be reported to Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement at 303-660-7529 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

On Tuesday May 21, 2013, Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement Officers were called to Highland Heritage Regional Park to investigate puppies that had been dumped in the area. Animal Law Enforcement Officers arrived on scene at about 3:00 pm and made contact with park staff who had four 3-7 day old brown and black puppies in their office. Park staff said a male party brought the puppies to their office after reportedly finding the puppies inside a trash can outside of the public restroom in the park. Officers also discovered an additional puppy in the trash can that had unfortunately already died.

Officers immediately began to provide supportive care to raise the puppies’ very low body temperatures and then transported them to a veterinarian for examination and treatment. The veterinarian staff was able to stabilize the four puppies, and as of today, they are doing well. However, the puppies’ long term prognosis remains uncertain at this time.

Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement Officers are asking anyone who might have information about this incident, knows someone whose dog had a litter of puppies recently that are no longer with their mother, or any other information that may help solve this case to provide this information. “This is a senseless act of animal cruelty, and we are hopeful that the public will help bring the individual responsible for this crime to justice” said Sergeant Erica Dalton with Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement.

All tipsters, who utilize Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, remain anonymous and are eligible for an award of up to $2,000.00.

Tips can be submitted through this app or by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867).

At Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, we understand the need for anonymity and thus have provided this service to facilitate the flow of anonymous information to the investigating Officers.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is managed by a volunteer board of directors. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers does not receive any public funding and is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency.

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a FREE download on the App Store for Apple ® devices, on Google Play™ for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices.

Scan this QR Code with your smartphone to download your FREE app now and join Metro Denver Crime Stoppers in protecting our communities.


Horse Killings - Costilla County

April 2013

COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. (April 3, 2013) – The Costilla County Sherriff’s Office is asking the public for help in finding those responsible for shooting four horses along County Road J.2 in San Francisco, Colo. Any information on the crime can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

On March 20, 2013, four horses were found shot along County Road J.2 in San Francisco, Colo. Three horses died from gunshot wounds and one horse survived. The horses belonged to a resident of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office and the Colorado Humane Society are investigating the case.

“In addition to the evidence we have collected, we need help from the public in finding information about who might have shot these horses,” said Costilla County Sheriff Amos Medina. “We hope the public will call us or Crime Stoppers to report new details. There’s a good chance that someone involved might be talking about it and a tip leading to a summons might get a $2,000 reward.”

Information about the horses can be reported to the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 672-3302, the Colorado Humane Society at (800) 249-5121 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).

All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for an award of up to $2,000.00.

Tips can be submitted through this app or by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867).

At Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, we understand the need for anonymity and thus have provided this service to facilitate the flow of anonymous information to the investigating Officers.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is managed by a volunteer board of directors. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers does not receive any public funding and is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency.

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a FREE download on the App Store for Apple ® devices, on Google Play™ for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices.

Scan this QR Code with your smartphone to download your FREE app now and join Metro Denver Crime Stoppers in protecting our communities.


Reward for Tips on Cat Shootings

March 2013

Aurora (March 01, 2013) – There have been several reports of cat shootings in the Aurora area and the Denver Dumb Friends League, in conjunction with Crime Stoppers, is asking the for the public’s help finding those that may be responsible for the shootings.

In January, a Dumb Friends League investigator was alerted to a cat brought into the shelter that had been shot in the spine and paralyzed. That cat was humanely euthanized.

In February, in a different part of Aurora,  a cat was found by a neighbor and turned out to have been shot in the eye with a BB gun. The eye had to be removed.

All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for an award up to $2,000.00.

Tips can be submitted through this app or by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP(7867).

At Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, we understand the need for anonymity and thus have provided this service to facilitate the flow of anonymous information to the investigating Officers.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is managed by a volunteer board of directors. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers does not receive any public funding and is not affiliated with any law enforcement agency.

The Metro Denver Crime Stoppers mobile app is immediately available as a FREEdownload on the App Store for Apple ® devices, on Google Play™ for Android devices and on the BlackBerry App World for select BlackBerry devices.

Scan this QR Code with your smartphone to download your FREE app now and join Metro Denver Crime Stoppers in protecting our communities.


Reward Offered for Information on Horses Found Abandoned Near San Luis, Colo.

June 2012

DENVER (May 30, 2012) — The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) and the Costilla County sheriff’s office need help in finding the owner of six abandoned horses found in a rural area near San Luis, Colo. They were found on Road 10 and Road Z. The horses—three mares and three studs—are extremely sick and malnourished.

The horses range in breed, age and color: a palomino mare (15 – 17 years old); a sorrel filly; a bay filly; a brown colt; a bay colt; and a grey colt. Several are halter broke.

“We need help from the public in finding the owner of these horses,” said Costilla County Sheriff Amos Medina. “Their condition indicates that they have been fending for themselves for quite a while, and we hope someone knows where these horses came from.”

CHS assisted the Costilla County sheriff’s office in rounding up the horses and transported them to a facility for immediate veterinary care and proper nutrition.

“It is clear that these horses are domestic and may have been intentionally abandoned by the owner, probably due to their illness,” said CHS investigator Bret Smith. “Three of the horses have a body condition score of 1, indicating extreme emaciation, and the others are not much better.”

Information about the horses can be reported to the Costilla County sheriff’s office at (719) 672- 0673, the Colorado Humane Society at (800) 249-5121 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).

Crime Stoppers will offer a reward for any information leading to an arrest or citation in relation to this crime, and the person reporting the tip can remain anonymous. Anonymous tips also can be reported online here or texted to 274637 (CRIMES).

ABOUT THE COLORADO HUMANE SOCIETY & SPCA The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on donations and are not affiliated with any national advocacy group or government agency, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We work with local law enforcement and government agencies to investigate and prevent the cruelty and neglect of companion animals and horses––NOT livestock––in 17 Colorado counties and to educate the public about humane animal care. For more information, to make a donation or to report animal cruelty or neglect, contact The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at info@coloradohumane.org or (800) 249- 5121.


Horses Killed Near Gardner in Huerfano County - Update

January 2012

Huerfano County, Colo. (Mar. 19, 2013) – In early 2012, the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office requested help from the public in finding the person or persons involved in the killing of 13 horses near Gardner in Huerfano County, Colo. Numerous tips were reported to the sheriff or through the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line, but the authorities were not able to find enough information to complete the case. As of March 2013, the sheriff’s office reported that new details have come up in the case and they hope the public can help again. The horses were shot and killed and found scattered throughout an area north of Highway 69. Any information on the crime can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

“Last year, when we asked for the public’s help finding information on these horses, we received a lot of good tips but not quite enough to complete the case,” said Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman. “Currently, the circumstances have changed, so we hope the public will again call us or Crime Stoppers to report new details. There’s a good chance that after a year, someone involved might be talking about it and a tip leading to a summons might get you $2,000.”

The horses’ owner reported the horses missing a day after he had turned them out on property he leases and they never returned. Shortly thereafter, sheriff’s deputies located the horses’ remains near County Road 620.2, north of Highway 69 near Gardner in Huerfano County. The 13 horses were shot in different locations and found scattered throughout the area. Many of the horses were paints and there was one mare with a foal.

Crime Stoppers will offer a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to an arrest or citation on this crime, and the person can remain anonymous. Tips can be called into 720-913-STOP (7867), or text to: 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips also can be reported online, at http://metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/sample- page/submit-a-tip/.

Information on the crime also can be reported to the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1044.

Huerfano County, Colo. (Jan. 23, 2012) – The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding the person or persons involved in the killing of 13 horses near Gardner in Huerfano County, Colo. earlier this month. The horses were shot and killed and found scattered throughout an area north of Highway 69. Any information on the crime can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

The horses’ owner reported the horses missing a day after he had turned them out on property he leases and they never returned. Shortly thereafter, sheriff’s deputies located the horses’ remains near County Road 620.2, north of Highway 69 near Gardner in Huerfano County. The 13 horses were shot in different locations and found scattered throughout the area. Many of the horses were paints and there was one mare with a foal.

“We are asking anyone with information on the 13 horses shot and killed to call us or Crime Stoppers,” says Sheriff Bruce Newman.

Crime Stoppers will offer a reward for any information leading to an arrest or citation on this crime, and the person can remain anonymous. Tips can be called into 720-913-STOP (7867), or text to: 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips also can be reported online, at http://metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/sample-page/submit-a-tip/.

Information on the crime also can be reported to the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office at 719-738-1044.


Area animal welfare groups partner with Crime Stoppers to bring awareness and prosecution to animal cruelty

July 2011

Animals suffering from abuse, neglect or abandonment are benefiting from a new partnership among area animal welfare groups and Crime Stoppers. Together, the groups have launched a state-wide anonymous tip and reward program to make it easier for people anywhere in Colorado to report inhumane activities involving dogs, cats or horses.

Anonymous tips can be reported via phone or text. The messages are received at Crime Stoppers through a secure online system that protects a caller’s identity. Crime Stoppers then routes the message to the appropriate agency for action.

Rewards of up to $2,000 are available if the tip results in a summons or an arrest. Rewards are paid through a third party, thus further assuring anonymity. Funding for the rewards comes from a private donor.

Tips can be reported via phone or text to Crime Stoppers.

PHONE: 720-913-STOP (7867)
TEXT: 274637 (CRIMES), then title DMCS and enter the message

Partnering with Crime Stoppers in the program are the Dumb Friends League, the Colorado Humane Society, Boulder Police Department, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Larimer Humane Society, Lakewood Animal Control, Mesa County Animal Services, Rifle Police Department, Westminster Police Department, Wheat Ridge Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Animal welfare agents and law enforcement agencies rely largely on tips from the public to investigate activities such as dog fighting or other acts of cruelty or neglect. But many people are reluctant to report what they witness because they fear retaliation. This new program allows people the protection they may require before coming forward.

People in the eight-county metro-Denver area may also report animal cruelty directly to the Dumb Friends League online or by calling (303) 923-0022.


Crime Stoppers tip led to rescue of 200 rabbits

July 2011

Shortly after the new Crime Stoppers Animal Cruelty program started, a concerned citizen called the anonymous tip line to report a situation that had been a concern for quite a while. Due to the call, the Jefferson County Animal Control and Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation, and ultimately, seized nearly 200 rabbits from the home of an alleged rabbit breeder. Investigators reported the conditions as deplorable and the cages lacked food or water. The rabbits were taken to a shelter and cared for by veterinarians. Eventually, many will be adoptable.

News story link:

http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=209422

http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=209235


Owner surrenders 42 Dogs after animal cruelty investigation

January 2011

The owner of dozens of small breed dogs surrendered 42 of them to the Colorado Humane Society after investigators with CHS and the Bent County Sheriff’s Department found the conditions of the private residence unsanitary and the dogs without adequate shelter. The investigation began with several animal cruelty complaints to the Bent County Sheriff’s Department.

CHS brought the dogs to the Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado, and after thorough veterinary evaluations, they were put up for adoption.

News story link:

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/42_Dogs_Removed_From_Bent_County_Home_114283859.html


Sled dogs rescued in Park County, Colorado

December 2010

In December 2010, an anonymous tip led authorities to seize dozens of sled dogs in Park County, Colo. The Dumb Friends League took in 24 husky mixes from the seizure. They came from deplorable conditions — many suffering from medical issues or lacking any form of socialization, and in some cases both. Some of the huskies remained in the Dumb Friends League’s care for several weeks and many of the huskies were enrolled in an in-shelter behavior training for socialization prior to being placed for adoption.

News story link:

http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-sled-dogs-seized-121709,0,4440213.story


Horrific scene witnessed by neighbor

June 2009

After witnessing an atrocious act of animal cruelty, a concerned neighbor called police to report seeing a starving horse pulled behind a pick-up truck on a ranch in Jefferson County, Colorado. Criminal investigator Amy Perasso from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office remembers that case as the worst animal abuse case she has ever investigated. Seventeen horses were seized that day.  Luckily, many survived, including a foal born shortly after the rescue.

Three years later, the foal, named Benelli, is living with a new family. Benelli’s new owner credits that original tip from a neighbor with giving him a chance at life. “I am so grateful,” she said. “I think that all the horses deserved a better home, I am so glad they could get them and rescue them.”

News story link:

http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=206721


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