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Sep 6, 2013 7:37 PM by Andy Koen

Sheriff's office investigates Humane Society

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Fremont County Sheriff's Office has assigned a sergeant to open a criminal investigation into claims of animal cruelty and theft of donations at the Humane Society of Fremont County in Canon City.

As we previously reported, the shelter failed two consecutive state inspections. Some of the violations the facility was cited for included euthanizing animals the same day they were brought in, using a pressure washer to clean kennels without removing the dogs, and keeping sick cats in the same area as new arrivals.

A sheriff's office spokesperson confirms their investigator will review the same Department of Agriculture inspections and will interview witnesses to substantiate any claims of criminal wrongdoing.

Board President Ruth Stimack and Operations Manager Tom Cameron gave assurances they are in full compliance with state standards. It is too soon to say whether any criminal charges will be brought against the facility's employees.

A third inspection by the Department of Agriculture is anticipated in the coming weeks. The shelter could potentially face fines or the possible loss of their license as punishment for failing to correct the violations cited by inspectors.

Thus far, Fremont County has not suspended its $14,000 per year contract with the facility.

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