Dec 18, 2009 11:59 AM by Greg Boyce
More than 100 dogs were found dead or dying at a sled dog facilitiy Tuesday afternoon south of Hartsel in Park County. The call came in as an anonymous tip. When Sheriff's Deputies arrived with a search warrant they found eight dogs dead and more than 100 in "extremely poor" condition.
According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Kate Anderson with the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Protection scored the animals on the Hennekee Body Score System and determined several of the animals scored 1 or less on a scale of 1 to 9. Animal Control Officers and volunteers removed 30 dogs that were rated in the poorest condition and transported the animals to facilities in Colorado Springs, Buena Vista, Salida and Park County.
On Thursday, Park County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Officers removed the remaining 70 animals and will be placing them in approved facilities throughout the state. Rescue operations are ongoing at this time.
Sam and Diane Walker who reside in Florissant, and operated the sled dog facility, could face multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect. Anyone wishing to help can contact the Park County Animal Rescue in Fairplay.