63 dogs rescued from Larimer County residence
By Surveyor Staff
Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection and Control removed 63 Chihuahuas from a home in southern Larimer County on July 25. The dogs were taken to the Larimer Humane Society shelter near Fort Collins where staff and volunteers processed, vaccinated, and evaluated the dogs before transferring many of them to various partners throughout the Front Range to find new forever homes Tuesday.
According to Kaylene Weingardt, marketing and community outreach program manager for the Larimer Humane Society, the dogs were all living in the residence with the owner and were actually in pretty good health despite there being so many in a single home.
“All of the dogs appeared to be in pretty good health,” Weingardt said. “They were well fed.”
Animal Protection and Control worked with the dog’s owner to evaluate the situation and assist in providing a solution to the overwhelming circumstance they found. Thanks to the collaboration between the owner and Animal Protection and Control, these 63 dogs will now get a new life, Weingardt reported.
The Humane Society didn’t want to share the exact location of the home, per Larimer Humane Society’s confidentiality policy. Weingardt clarified it was a single-family residence where the owner just seemed to have a lot of dogs living inside the residence.
The dog’s owner is considered an informal breeder and wasn’t a certified Pet Animal Care Facilities Program breeder, Weingardt said. The owner also won’t face any charges after turning over the pups to Humane Society Animal Protection and Control officers. The homeowner was allowed to keep four of the dogs.
“The whole thing could have been solved with proper spaying or neutering,” she added.
Larimer Humane Society plans to transfer 50 of the dogs to partner agencies, including the Longmont Humane Society, Dumb Friends League, Denver Animal Shelter, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and Humane Society of Boulder Valley.
The Larimer Humane Society plans to keep between 10-20 of the dogs and the rest will be transported to neighboring facilities and put up for adoption in the coming days, depending on medical conditions.
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