Community Animal Services of Pueblo under investigation

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - After a new organization took over in the new year, Community Animal Services of Pueblo is under investigation by a state department.

"At this time the Pueblo County Commissioners are not able to comment on the ongoing investigation regarding Community Animal Services of Pueblo," Pueblo County Public Information Officer Adam Uhernik wrote in a release. "The investigation is being conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The biggest concern of the Pueblo County Commissioners is the health and welfare of the animals currently under the control of Community Animal Services of Pueblo."

Uhernik adds commissioners will continue to cooperate with all state and local officials on the issue.

11 News has a call into PAWS For Life, the organization that runs the Community Animal Services of Pueblo.

Hollis Glenn, with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said he could not comment on an active investigation. He did state, "this is a priority case."

PAWS took over running the animal services for the city and county in January. Prior to that, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region ran it for 16 years. The contract for PAWS is slated to run through 2021.

11 News is working to learn more about the investigation and this article will be updated.