For nearly a year, local police and animal control personnel in a small northern Colorado town had fielded concerns about the health status of a horse named Kitten before calling in a CHS investigator for a consultation. Although three other horses on the property were in good shape, Kitten, a...
Feb 24th, 2017
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...
Sep 3rd, 2015
DENVER – On Thursday, The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Department of Agriculture and Rocky Ford Animal Control in removing 50 cats and kittens from a property in Rocky Ford, Colo. The owner of the cats was a breeder who failed a required...
Aug 7th, 2015
DENVER – On Friday, the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Department of Agriculture and the Crowley County Sheriff’s Office in removing 142 dogs and puppies from a property in Ordway, Colo. The owner was a breeder who failed a required inspection by the...
Apr 21st, 2015
Crowley County, Colo. – (April 20, 2015) Carman Tighe, the horse owner indicted on four counts of animal cruelty for her four neglected horses, has been sentenced by a Crowley County judge. Tighe was sentenced to two years supervised probation, during which time she is not...
Mar 10th, 2015
Crowley County, Colo. – (March 9, 2015) Carman Tighe, the owner of four horses found to be malnourished and in poor health, has been indicted on four counts of animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor. A sentence hearing has been scheduled on April 6. Tighe’s husband had been found...
Colorado Humane Society assisted the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office with a case that resulted in a resident pleading guilty and the horses being removed to a safe environmentNov 4th, 2014
Elbert County resident, Ben Mathwin, was sentenced for animal cruelty last week. Mr. Mathwin was charged with one count of animal cruelty, a Class 1 misdemeanor, for allowing his four horses to go without sufficient food and water....
Sep 24th, 2014
COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. (Sept. 23, 2014) – The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office announced the end of a tough case of animal cruelty in a rural part of the county. Rhonda Deffley, the owner of dozens of shepherd-type dogs, was cited in the past and given the opportunity to provide better care and...
Sep 23rd, 2014
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says 10 horses and four llamas have been seized from a barn in Black Forest. Read the full story.
Aug 28th, 2014
The recovery of 57 allegedly abandoned horses near Jaroso, just inside the Colorado-New Mexico state line, rapidly grew into concern about their owner. Read the full story.
Jul 16th, 2014
Sheriff's Office says 23 animals removed from home appeared to be in poor health. Read the full story.
May 9th, 2014
DENVER (May 9, 2014) – Since 2010, The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) has crossed thousands of miles of our state, tirelessly pursuing its mission of preventing cruelty and neglect of pet animals and horses, and providing support and resources to local law enforcement...
Mar 27th, 2014
CONEJOS COUNTY, Colo. (March 27, 2014) – A Conejos County, Colo., judge has sentenced Daniel Bond to 30 days in jail for animal abuse and neglect. His five horses were found severely malnourished by sheriff’s office deputies and agents from...
Feb 26th, 2014
DENVER (February 25, 2014) – The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) has received commissions for four new counties from the Colorado Agricultural Commission, expanding its service area to help prevent...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...Dec 11th, 2013
On Nov. 25, 2013, animal hoarder Rhonda Bernard accepted a plea arrangement offered by the District Attorney in Fremont County of one count animal cruelty and one count child abuse. Both counts are misdemeanors. For that plea deal, the judge ordered 12 months probation, restitution to the...Dec 2nd, 2013
DENVER – The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) has received commissions for five new counties and one new Bureau of Animal Protection field investigator from the Colorado Agricultural Commission, a group of nine agricultural leaders that serves as the rule-making body for...Aug 24th, 2013
CONEJOS COUNTY, Colo. – The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office seized five horses from a property in Manassa, Colo. on Fri., Aug. 23. The horses—which include two mares, two young foals and a yearling colt—were severely malnourished, weak and lethargic. The owner of the horses,...Aug 23rd, 2013
On Aug. 21, The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the removal of 26 cats, two chinchillas and a ferret in Penrose, Colo. The animals had been left in deplorable conditions, and many were in need of medical assistance.
“The owner...Jul 25th, 2013
The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) has added three counties to its partnerships across Colorado. CHS and sheriffs’ offices in Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties will work together to investigate animal cruelty situations in their jurisdictions. With the addition of the new...Jul 10th, 2013
Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies and Colorado Humane Society (CHS) agents seized two horses from a Penrose resident following an investigation of alleged neglect and cruelty. Angelyn Daniels, 20, was issued a summons for two counts of Cruelty to Animals, a class 1 misdemeanor. ...Jul 9th, 2013
The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) is pleased to announce that Christopher H. Olson, executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, will serve on its board of directors for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The CHS board currently includes 10 members from a...Jun 19th, 2013
Courtesy of Jesse Byrnes, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Animal lovers are among the many heroes of the Black Forest fire.
More than 600 animals -- ranging from cats and cattle to pigs and a parrot -- were rescued from more than 250 properties in the burn area, said...May 23rd, 2013
The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) is assisting the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service to gather approximately 20 donkeys that were abandoned on forest land by their owner. With the help of several agencies, the donkeys were gathered and CHS transported them to...Apr 17th, 2013
COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. – The Costilla County Sherriff’s Office is asking the public for help in finding those responsible for shooting four horses along County Road J.2 in San Francisco, Colo. Any information on the crime can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 720-913-...Apr 17th, 2013
LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant on Sat., April 13, to seize nine horses from a property in the Hall Station area in lower Lincoln County. In response to a call from a member of the community, a sheriff’s office deputy visited...Jan 23rd, 2013
Because of the limited availability of hay and a still-shaky economy, some horse owners are finding it difficult to feed their horses. The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) investigators continue to see severely malnourished horses throughout Colorado and are sending out a plea to horse...Nov 14th, 2012
Kiowa, Colo. – Owners of a former animal rescue facility in Elbert County, Christie O'Rourke and David Stantoine, have pled guilty to 20 counts of animal cruelty and an Elbert County judge sentenced them with a Class 1 misdemeanor for animal abuse under Colorado Statute 18-9-202.1A Cruelty to...Nov 9th, 2012
Otis, Colo. — The Colorado Humane Society and Town of Otis, Colo. (Washington County) are asking for assistance in locating two individuals suspected of animal cruelty and neglect. Molly Louise Mayfield, 65, and Tresa Molly Mayfield, 19, are suspected in violation of Colorado Revised Statutes 18...Jul 11th, 2012
DENVER – The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) is pleased to announce that Peggy Richter, a partner in the law firm Kutak Rock, will serve on its board of directors for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
The CHS board currently includes 10 members from a variety of fields and interests...Jun 29th, 2012
DENVER – As of today, active wildfires in Colorado have consumed more than 148,000 acres, displacing tens of thousands of people and their pets. Because of the urgent need to house these displaced pets, local humane societies like the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Larimer Humane...Jun 1st, 2012
DENVER – The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) and the Costilla County sheriff’s office need help in finding the owner of six abandoned horses found in a rural area near San Luis, Colo. They were found on Road 10 and Road Z.
The horses—three mares and three studs—are extremely...Apr 25th, 2012
DENVER – A Yuma County judge has sentenced Sammy Lammey, a horse breeder in Yuma, Colo., to 35 days in jail for animal abuse and neglect.
In July 2011, The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (CHS) assisted the Yuma County sheriff’s office in the case. Dozens of horses were found...Apr 17th, 2012
DENVER – On Thurs., April 12, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 1125. This new bill–supported by the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies and Dumb Friends League–is a historic milestone for Colorado’s abused animals. It will minimize stress on seized animals by getting...