33 roosters held at Summit County animal shelter following I-70 traffic stop | SummitDaily.com

33 roosters held at Summit County animal shelter following I-70 traffic stop

Birds will be euthanized if not claimed within five days

UPDATE at 2:53: Summit County Animal Control and Shelter director Lesley Hall said that the birds are likely to be euthanized early next week.

Hall said that the shelter was originally looking to adopt the roosters out or rehome them at a rescue, but was warned against the move by the state’s Veterinary Office — part of the Colorado Department of Agriculture — that said the birds could potentially be carrying avian diseases.

Hall said that the original owners of the birds could still pick them up. Though, if the birds aren’t claimed by Tuesday, the birds will be killed.

“We are following the state’s recommendation,” said Hall. “This is not a happy choice for us to have to euthanize these animals. But we don’t want to be transmitting diseases to other birds.”

Original Story: More than 30 roosters are currently being held at the Summit County Animal Shelter this week after the birds were impounded as part of an apparent criminal investigation.

Colin Remillard, a spokesman with the Colorado State Patrol, said that troopers pulled over an SUV heading westbound on I-70 near milepost 201, just outside of Frisco, early on Wednesday afternoon. Remillard said that the vehicle had temporary plates from Kentucky, and was pulled over because the tags weren’t clearly visible. 

Upon further inspection, Remillard said that troopers discovered “odd” signs inside the vehicle, including 33 roosters and strange explanations from the three men inside.  The roosters were taken to the Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco. Remillard noted that the birds would be euthanized if they are not claimed within five days. Representatives with the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter declined to comment or answer any questions on the case or the animals.

Remillard said that the three men were released, and haven’t been charged with any crimes. In addition to the roosters, the vehicle was also impounded because of “indications of criminal activity,” while law enforcement officials await a search warrant to look into the incident further.

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