Aug 22, 2013 6:44 PM by Elaine Sheridan
Dozens of animals have been siezed in an alleged hoarding case.
The Colorado Humane Society and the Dumb Friends League assisted the Fremont County Sheriff's Office in removing 26 cats, 23 dogs, two chinchillas and a ferret from a vacant residence in the 200 block of Garden Drive, Penrose.
All of the animals, some of which appeared to have medical issues, were relinquished to the Colorado Humane Society by the property owner. Due to the filthy conditions (accumulated feces and urine) inside the residence, officers had to suit up in haz-mat suits and breathing apparatus before entering the residence.
Sheriff's deputies had been called to the residence on August 13th after neighbors reported that the property owner had moved out of the residence and left numerous animals in the house.
The homeowner would not allow the deputy to enter the house but she did remove 23 Chihuahuas from the house and voluntarily transported them to the Fremont County Humane Society.
The homeowner told deputies that there were only a few wild cats in the house and that she would attempt to trap them. She later gave permission to Colorado Humane Society agents to enter her property and to remove any animals still inside.
Charges may be filed pending completion of the investigation and review by the District Attorney's