Cheyenne Animal Control requests hoarding charges be dropped
After almost five months of care at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 19 purebred Springer Spaniels will be released to the Shelter on Saturday, November 11th.
This past June, Cheyenne Animal Control officers seized 21 dogs belonging to the same owner who allegedly failed to provide the animals with the minimum legal requirements for owning animals in Laramie County.
In cases where Animal Control deals with animal cruelty, officers have the legal authority to seize custody of the animal and hold it at the Shelter until a judge can issue a ruling in the case. With large cases such as with the Spaniels, this can often take up to six months or more.
The dogs vary in age, from six months to 10 years. When the animals arrived, Medical Director, Dr. Tessha Winsch examined the dogs, and many were injured and in poor health. Staff at the Shelter have been caring for the animals which includes daily care, scheduled training to prevent mental health decline, vaccinations and regular grooming. Two of the dogs have passed away during that time due to severe medical conditions.
The remaining 19 dogs have been held on court hold at the Shelter for 154 days. Cost of care for animals at the Shelter has been calculated to $48.50 a day, meaning each dog has cost the Shelter $7,469. That is a total loss of $146,373 the Shelter has experienced due to this hoarding case.
Cheyenne Animal Shelter Director of Operations, Chelsey Fletcher says, “We’re increasingly seeing more cases similar to this. When we receive large hoarding cases, it exhausts resources, and at times we have no other option than to request charges be dropped due to the expense and lack of space.”
Animal Control has requested charges be dropped so that the Spaniels can be adopted and move out of the Shelter and on to forever homes. They become the legal property of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter on Saturday, November 11th.
On Monday the dogs will become available for adoption. Due to the expense of this case the adoption fees for these animals will be higher than usual. The Shelter expects $3,920 in adoption fees for the Spaniels, making a total loss of $142,453 due to this case.
Animal Control Officer Ryan Johnson says, “Hoarding doesn’t just hurt the animals involved, it hurts the entire community. We would like to encourage everyone to be vigilant and immediately report any acts of animal cruelty to us by calling 307-278-2012.”
Cheyenne Animal Shelter receives new beds from Animal Rescue Aid, Airmen help assemble
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter recently received 20 Kuranda pet beds from Animal Rescue Aid, a non-profit organization. Its TheBlueBed Donation Program™ started in 2010, with the mission of giving quality beds to animal shelters across the country.
Founder of Animal Rescue, Tracey French, says, “The importance of the bed goes beyond the immediate comfort of the animal. The beds are important in the adoption process. When animals are comfortable, their true personalities can shine through to potential adopters, and that helps give them a better chance at getting a new home!”
Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s President & CEO, Bob Fecht, applied for the grant this past summer. Fecht says, “Finding out we were awarded these beds is great news. Having a short platform bed that can be easily cleaned will provide all of our adoptable dogs with a more comfortable and safer environment.”
On Thursday, October 26th, Airmen first class officers Yakim, Llorens, and Hun from the 90th SSPTS helped assemble the beds. Hun says, “The Cheyenne Animal Shelter helps over 6,000 animals each year. We’re happy to help out an organization that helps improve the lives of so many animals and people in the community.”
Some of the Shelter’s older beds will be sent to a Casper shelter, which currently does not have beds.
Cheyenne Animal Shelter seeks assistance with animal care cost
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is seeking assistance to help cover the cost of medication and grooming for a soaring number of animals in the Shelter.
According to Chelsey Fletcher, Director of Operations, the Shelter is seeing an influx of pets either surrendered or unclaimed by owners as well as nearly 85 animals rescued from a recent hoarding situation.
“The Cheyenne Animal Shelter generally cares for about 5,300 pets each year,” Fletcher said. “If we stay on the track we are on so far this year, we will see nearly 8,000 animals come through our doors in the fiscal year 2018.” This comes as the Cheyenne Animal Shelter saw a $21,000 decrease in funding from the City of Cheyenne.
“Many of the pets we care for are here indefinitely because they are involved in a court hold,” Fletcher explained. “We are required to keep and care for them until their owners have their day in court and we may never see restitution provided to us on their behalf.”Currently, the Shelter is housing 91 dogs, 21 of these are on court-ordered holds including four in foster care.
On Friday, September 29, Cheyenne Animal Control officers performed a welfare check on a home outside of Cheyenne after a concerned citizen reported sighting an inordinate number of animals on the property. On Sunday, ACO rescued nine adult Karakachan and/or Bernese Mountain dogs, nine puppies, six chinchillas, six goats and approximately 50 cats including two wild cats that have been placed with a big cat sanctuary in Texas. Many of the animals suffered from the effects of overcrowding and lack of medical care or proper grooming.
“The animals were voluntarily surrendered and the case is still pending investigation,” Fletcher added. “They are here with us and we are excited to now be able to get them all groomed and to treat any medical conditions we might find but overall they are in good or better shape than expected,” said Chelsey Fletcher, Director of Operations. “This is where we need the public’s help. Before they can be adopted, they need grooming and will need some training. They’re all very sweet!”
Anyone interested in helping to cover the cost of the medical care and grooming as well as the daily maintenance of the vast amount of animals in our care may donate online at www.cheyenneanimalshelter.org; by stopping in at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter at 800 Southwest Drive or by calling the Development Office at 307-269-0970.