Teller County Man Charged With Dog Fighting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The owner of a dog sanctuary in Teller County has been arrested on the charge of dogfighting that allegedly led to the death of a pit bull.

Giselle "Jess" Sokoloff faces charges of animal fighting, obstructing a peace officer and harassment. Authorities say they began investigating the 36-year-old woman when a veterinarian reported the death of a pit bull that she brought in.

The vet believes the dog died from injuries while fighting.

Sokoloff has denied the allegations against her and says they're the result of an ongoing dispute with the sheriff's office.

She has been cited six times this year on suspicion of a dog barking and once for having a dog at large. An affidavit says her boyfriend is wanted in Louisiana on a charge of dogfighting.

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