Animal welfare

Grand County officials are investigating 2 “important animal welfare” incidents this week

GREATER COUNTY, Colorado – The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two “significant” animal welfare incidents this week, one involving dogs and one involving horses.

On Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office received advice regarding possible animal neglect at a house in the Gore Pass subdivision in unincorporated Grand County.

MPs, along with animal control officers, responded to the property, where they found several short-haired mixed-breed dogs. They assessed the condition of the dogs.

MPs spoke to the owners, who agreed to allow officers to take 15 dogs to Grand County Animal Control and Shelter in Granby, according to the sheriff’s office.

The dogs have been assessed by a shelter veterinarian and are being treated there.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Humane Society are working with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to determine if the charges are appropriate.

Animal welfare checks are sensitive investigations which naturally arouse strong emotions. Our goal is to always ensure the safety of everyone, including animal victims, ”said Sheriff Brett Schroetlin.

Days later, on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office and partner agencies executed a search warrant at the Snow Mountain stables, located at 1101 County Road 53, near Granby, in the unincorporated Grand County. This was spurred on by allegations of animal cruelty and neglect involving horses.

The stables are operated by a private supplier under contract with the YMCA of the Rockies, the sheriff’s office said. The stables are not owned or operated by the YMCA.

The sheriff’s office and partner agencies are assessing the situation and providing on-site horse care as part of the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

“It is heartbreaking to acknowledge that unfortunately this is our second major animal welfare investigation this week,” said Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. “We all know how harsh our weather can be during winters in Grand County. It is imperative that we, as individual pet owners and the community as a whole, recognize these conditions and adhere to the standards. appropriate care for these animals in this environment. “

Both cases remain under investigation. No arrests were made on Tuesday evening.