Colorado Humane Society assists in Fremont County hoarding case

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 walked away with a conscious effort to leave these animals helpless,” said Katrina Schou, manager of field services with the Colorado Humane Society. “This intentional act of neglect and abandonment is intolerable.”

Fremont County Sheriff's Office Seal


100 JUSTICE CENTER ROAD ∙ Canon City, Colorado 81212
Phone (719) 276-5555 ∙ FAX (719) 276-5593



State of CO seal

Captain Don Pinover
Law Enforcement Division
719-276-5514 (office)
719-371-7330 (cell)
719-784-3411 (dispatch)

MEDIA RELEASE Animal Hoarding Case Investigated

On 08/21/13, agents from the Colorado Humane Society and the Dumb Friends League assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in removing 26 cats, two chinchillas and a ferret from a vacant residence in the 200 block of Garden Drive, Penrose. All of the animals, some of which appeared to have medical concerns, were relinquished to the Colorado Humane Society by the property owner. Due to the filthy conditions (accumulated feces and urine) inside the residence, officers had to suit up in haz-mat suits and breathing apparatus before entering the residence.

Sheriff’s deputies had been called to the residence on August 13th after neighbors reported that the property owner had moved out of the residence and left numerous animals in the house. The foul odor coming from the house could be detected from the street when the deputy arrived. The deputy was not able to immediately locate the property owner, but did respond back the following morning and contacted her at the residence. The homeowner would not allow the deputy to enter the house but she did remove 23 Chihuahuas from the house and voluntarily transported them to the Fremont County Humane Society. The homeowner advised that there were only a few wild cats in the house and that she would attempt to trap them. She later gave permission to Colorado Humane Society agents to enter her property and to remove any animals still inside.

Charges may be filed pending completion of the investigation and review by the District Attorney’s Office.



If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, make the call. You can reach CHS at (800) 249-5121.

For more information about the Colorado Humane Society, 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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