Colorado Humane Society assists in removal of 37 dogs from residence in Fremont County

Sep 21st, 2015

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (Sept. 18, 2015)—On Tuesday, the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) in the removal of 37 neglected dogs from the home of Demaris "Dee" Chess, 58, of Penrose, CO. Chess is being charged with 37 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Most of the dogs, which included several puppies, some as young as 5 weeks old, are Australian cattle dog mixes. Many did not have access to any food or water at the residence. A veterinarian at the scene treated several of the animals with fluids and for minor injuries before they were removed from the property. The dogs were transported to two local animal shelters where they will be evaluated and receive additional medical care, as needed.

"This is an unfortunate situation that the owner had the opportunity to correct,” said CHS investigator Bret Smith. “She chose to ignore the needs of her animals and therefore our agencies had to provide for them."

The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA works with local law enforcement and government agencies in handling cases of animal neglect and mistreatment. CHS is an independent, Colorado-based, nonprofit organization and is not affiliated with national advocacy groups or government agencies.

The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA serves the following counties:

• Alamosa • Custer • Kiowa • Morgan • Summit
• Archulet • Dolores • Kit Carson • Otero  • Washington
• Bent • Elbert • Lake • Phillips  • Yuma
• Chaffee • Fremont • Las Animas • Prowers  • Weld
• Clear Creek • Grand • Lincoln  • Rio Grande  
• Conejos • Gunnison  • Moffat • Routt   
• Costilla  • Huerfano • Montezuma • Saguache  
• Crowley  • Jackson • Mineral • Sedgwick  


The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on donations and are not affiliated with any national advocacy group or government agency, such as the Humane Society of the United States or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We work with local law enforcement and government agencies to investigate and prevent the cruelty and neglect of companion animals and horses – NOT livestock – in numerous Colorado counties and to educate the public about humane animal care. For more information, to donate or to report animal cruelty or neglect, contact The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA at or (800) 249-5121.