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Phone calls pouring in, asking where Community Animal Services sent dogs

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 21:34:52-04
Walter, a puppy formerly kept at Pueblo animal shelter.

PUEBLO – Animal shelters from around the state have stepped in, and transported animals out of the Community Animal Services of Pueblo.

But now, a new problem has emerged.

Pueblo County officials say they took phone calls throughout the day Thursday, asking where the animals were specifically taken to.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Dumb Friends League, and Foothills Animal Shelter were on site earlier this week, to transport animals.

But county officials say the animal shelter, in Pueblo, won’t release information on which facility each animal was taken to.

One man said he was in the process of adopting a puppy–an 11-week-old lab mix named Walter–when CASP forfeited its license.

“I had already paid the adoption fee, and was just waiting for him to be neutered. They said they’d call me, but they never did,” Tanner Terry told News5.

Terry said he tried to call CASP four different times, to try and track down Walter.

“I got their voicemail three times. Then finally the lady answered. She didn’t even ask for a description of the dog,” he said. “She put me on hold and then a couple minutes later, comes back, and said ‘you need to call HSPPR.” She gave me the phone number, said ‘Extension 1,’ and that was the extent of the conversation.

Terry says the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region was helpful when he called about Walter, but quickly discovered they didn’t have him.

While trying to do additional research online, Terry came across a News5 article with a picture of a woman holding Walter–and contacted our station on Thursday.

We made several phone calls on his behalf, and discovered Walter had been adopted out to the woman in the picture earlier in the week.

“I played with him, loved him.  He had a great temperament–just a really great puppy. He got along with my dog that I have now–a 7-year-old lab–really well. I was super excited to get the dog and got all the stuff for the him–just really excited to bring him home. And it just never happened,” Terry told News5, shortly after finding out Walter had already been adopted.

“I’m happy he’s in a loving home though,” he added.

Terry isn’t the only one who ran into issues trying to track down a dog previously in Community Animal Shelter’s care.

There were stray animals at the shelter–meaning some of these pet owners have no idea where they were transported to.

At least a dozen animals were taken to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

A spokesperson with HSPPR tells News5 they did not take in any of the stray animals.

They ask that people wait several days before inquiring about the new animals that were brought in this week.

For more information, click here.

Dumb Friends League, in Denver, says they took in some stray animals from CASP–but weren’t able to specify how many.

A spokesperson says they put a 5-day hold on strays before starting the adoption process.

You can visit your website to find out whether your pet was transported there, by clicking here.