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Timeline: Transitions in Pueblo’s animal shelter and enforcement

Posted at 1:12 PM, Apr 02, 2019

PUEBLO – State regulators have suspended the veterinary license of Dr. Joel Brubaker, the former veterinarian for Community Animal Services of Pueblo (CASP).

The temporary order from the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine states they found Dr. Brubaker “is guilty of deliberate and willful violation of the Colorado Veterinary Practice Act..”

According to the order, Dr. Brubaker worked at CASP while also providing support services to Barkabull and Front Range Veterinary Services.  The allegations involving Barkabull date back to a complaint received in April 2018.

In determining he should face further discipline, the board cites issues revealed in prior investigations and in the March inspections of the CASP facility, to include:

  • performed a scrotal neuter on a canine that resulted in infection and additional surgical intervention by a different veterinarian.
  • permitted the owner of a dog rescue to perform acts that fall within the definition of veterinary medicine without providing adequate supervision.
  • developed a list of medications for animal conditions for use by unlicensed staff at Front Range Veterinary Services.
  • failed to maintain CASP premises in a clean and sanitary condition by allowing sick animals to occupy the same space as healthy animals.
  • failed to keep adequate records of treatments provided to sick animals at CASP.

As things started unfolding in the allegations of misconduct by the Community Animal Services of Pueblo, Dr. Brubaker employment was terminated in mid-March.

Animal services for the City of Pueblo have been under major scrutiny over the past few months, but this story has been slowly building for more than a year.

Now, with the aid of documents released from a recent investigation into the Community Animal Services of Pueblo (CASP), we can provide an in-depth timeline that shows all major developments since February of 2018.

As of Friday, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region issued a statement that it is working with the city and county of Pueblo on a “Temporary contract for service to get the shelter back up and running.”

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