Colorado Humane Society assists with removal of more than 40 dogs in Costilla County

Jan 30th, 2014

Costilla County, COLO. (January 29, 2014) The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office in the removal of 42 shepherd mix dogs involved in an animal abuse and neglect case. The warrant was served on Jan. 15, 2014. The dogs were transported to the Dumb Friends League in Denver, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, and Pueblo Animal Services in Pueblo, where they will receive the care and shelter they need.

“The decision was made to go in and seize these dogs because of the less-than-adequate living conditions,” says Undersheriff Andrew Espinoza, Costilla County Sheriff’s Office. “There was also a concern about the health of the dogs, both genetic and contagious illnesses that may have been passed between the dogs.”

Charges of animal cruelty and neglect are pending against owner, Rhonda Deffley. The investigation is still on-going.

“The dogs were severely malnourished and are now getting the care they need,” said Duane Adams, director for the Colorado Humane Society. “It will take time and money to get these dogs into responsible homes, and the collaborative spirit of all the parties involved will only help speed up this process.”

For information regarding this case, please contact the Costilla County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 672-3302.

For more information about the Colorado Humane Society, including the status of the dogs seized, please contact Amie Cavarra at (303) 358-5452, or Chris Gallegos at (303) 419-1162.

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.

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