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.
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