42 Dogs Removed From Bent County Home

More than 40 dogs are in a better home Thursday after they were removed from a home in Bent County in response to complaints of animal cruelty.

The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA removed 42 dogs, mostly small breeds like chihuahua, dachshund, terrier, papillon and Pekingese mixes, from a home in Bent county Wednesday. Responding to tips of animal cruelty, investigators found these dogs living in unsanitary conditions with inadequate shelter.

The owner surrendered the dogs to the humane society, and the Bent County Sheriff’s Office is considering whether to charge the owner with animal neglect charges. Several additional dogs, that were not relinquished by the owner, remain on the property. Law enforcement officials say they will closely monitor the living conditions.

“The owner was very cooperative and made the best decision for these dogs by allowing us to remove them from a potentially life-threatening situation,” said Duane Adams, Associate Director for the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.

“The help from the Colorado Humane Society was invaluable in this investigation,” said Tandy Hasser, undersheriff of Bent County. “I appreciate their knowledge and expertise. Many animals will have a safe and dry place to sleep tonight because of this partnership.”

The 42 relinquished dogs were brought to a Denver animal shelter Wednesday night. The Denver Dumb Friends League says they're not sure when exactly the dogs will be up for adoption. All 42 dogs are being evaluated for health and behavioral issues. Initial evaluations indicate a lot of them a lot of them will be available very soon. They recommend checking their web site, www.Ddfl.org, for updates on available adoptions. You can find that link below.