Potential Charges

By: AP
By: AP

A Las Animas County couple could face possible criminal charges after authorities rescued 146 dogs and a cat from their home.

Animal control officers say the animals were living in what they call ``deplorable conditions'' before being rescued Friday.

Some had gone so long without food they started to turn on each other.

The chief investigator for the Denver Dumb Friends League says the animals were kept in a U-Haul and in a filthy shed.

Some of the animals could be put up for adoption next week.

Others that are sick or dangerous may have to be euthanized.

The Dumb Friends League says the former owners committed a crime called animal hoarding.

Their names have not been released.


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