You may know that the Colorado Humane Society (CHS) assists the Colorado Bureau of Animal Protection and local law enforcement officials in the handling of animal abuse and neglect cases, but did you know that CHS also works with animal owners to educate them on what it means to be a responsible owner?
Every CHS investigator is a commissioned Colorado Bureau of Animal Protection agent who, in addition to being an investigator, is also an advisor, counselor and instructor, depending on what a given situation needs. In fact, education makes up the majority of CHS’ efforts. And, whether one of our agents is in a pasture or standing on a porch in one of the 45 counties they serve speaking to an animal owner, they handle a variety of situations whether it’s providing information on proper nutrition, lending a compassionate ear or working with owners to decide the next best steps for their animals. Such was the situation CHS agents recently found themselves in Ordway.
CHS Field Services Coordinator, Bret Smith, was contacted by the Crowley County Sheriff regarding an owner who had more than 20 dogs on her property, which exceeds the limit of 15 designated by the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act. Some dogs were strays, others were pregnant, and some were used for breeding. The dogs lived mostly outside and needed some grooming, but they were all relatively friendly and healthy. There were just too many of them, and the owner was unable to provide acceptable care to all.
While Smith was investigating the situation, the owner’s daughter, who lived next door, also had several dogs that were in a similar condition to her mother’s.
“The owner was facing financial hardships and could not afford to spay and neuter the dogs,” said Smith. “She requested assistance from CHS and the League.”
The two owners relinquished a total of 20 dogs from their combined properties, and they were brought the Dumb Friends League for adoption.
People want to be responsible pet owners, but they don’t always know how or have the resources to do so. CHS agents make every effort to work with animal owners to keep their pets or animals at their home by providing education and assistance.
In addition to helping the owners with an overabundance of dogs, Smith realized they did not have the financial means to have the remaining dogs (and some cats) spayed and neutered. As part of CHS and the League’s ongoing efforts to reduce the number of animals on the streets and in shelters, CHS coordinated a community-wide effort at the Ordway Fairgrounds for four days in May to spay and neuter not only the animals from these two cases but also animals throughout the community. A veterinarian will also be available for rechecks.
To learn more about CHS and the work the organization does, visit coloradohumane.org.
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