100 starving sled dogs seized near Hartsel
December 17, 2009
HARTSEL – About 100 starving sled dogs have been seized from a racing business in Colorado.
Colorado’s state veterinarian says an anonymous tip led authorities to Pawsatrack Racing Sled Dogs in the Park County town of Hartsel, about 70 miles southwest of Denver. The company’s phone number isn’t listed.
Authorities say they found six dead husky-type dogs and seized 30 starving dogs immediately. On Thursday, animal protection authorities took the remaining 70 dogs.
Dr. Keith Roehr (ROAR), the state vet, says the dogs were malnourished and that one dog has since died. He says the dogs were all crossbreeds of Alaskan descent used in sled racing.
Park County sheriff’s officials were investigating the dogs’ owners for possible animal neglect charges, but as of Thursday afternoon no one had been charged.