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Dozens of people show up in hopes of last minute adoptions at shelter

Posted at 7:39 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 01:01:23-04
Heather Seter pets her dog Daytona outside of Pueblo’s animal shelter Wednesday afternoon

PUEBLO- When word got around about Pueblo’s animal shelter closing Wednesday morning, by the afternoon- the parking lot packed with people hoping to find homes for the remaining animals.

“You try to believe in good people, that’s what I thought I was doing, and it was wrong,” said Heather Seter, who dropped off her dog Daytona at the shelter a few weeks ago.

The decision to bring Daytona to the shelter came after she was having challenges with Daytona and her other animals at home.

A decision, that didn’t come easily.

Seter says she had been calling every week to find out what happened to Daytona.

Once she learned the news the shelter was closing, she made her way to Pueblo’s shelter.

“I told the guy on the phone in lieu of your investigation, I’m coming to get her,” said Seter.

Seter was among dozens of people who made their way to Community Animal Services of Pueblo Wednesday.

Other people stopped by in hopes of getting medical care for their animals.

The shelter’s closing comes after an investigation with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

To see the full report, click the following link: Inspection reports detail deplorable conditions inside Community Animal Services of Pueblo

On Wednesday, Pueblo County commissioners and city council members met at the courthouse to discuss steps moving forward.

Commissioner Garrison Ortiz said, “We’ve had a lot of correspondence from all of our constituents and rightfully so. We’re all concerned.”

Ortiz said the group plans on meeting in another executive session on Friday as no decision has been made yet.

“I can assure the public that we’re on top of this and we’re going to respond in the most thoughtful and deliberate way possible,” said Ortiz.

In the meantime, some animals are being transferred to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs.

Gretchen Pressley, community relations manager, said, “Those animals need help so we are partnering with our shelter partners across the state including Denver Dumb Friends League to transport those animals to shelters where they can get the care they need.”