Animal Control thanks all for helping with stranded cattle on snowbound interstate |

Animal Control thanks all for helping with stranded cattle on snowbound interstate

On March 19, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Rachel Nelson, a semi-truck driver and horse trainer.

She was one of the many truck drivers stranded in Summit County during the big snowstorm that closed Interstate 70.

Ms. Nelson called really concerned about the welfare of her 65 cattle, realizing the interstate was not opening any time soon. The cattle had been in her trailer for 30 hours and were showing signs of weakness due to dehydration.

She was aware they were in trouble and some of them could possibly die if not off-loaded. The call was referred to Summit County Animal Control, and we responded immediately with the help of many.

Animal Control would like to thank the agencies and people involved in helping these animals: Tibor Horvath, Colorado Department of Transportation, and town of Silverthorne Public Works for plowing a swath to access the pens at the Mountain Community Fair Grounds; Lyn Bauer for hay and water tanks; and Lake Dillon Fire’s Linda Boucher, Kelly Wagner and Brian Rohleder for filling water tanks from their tanker truck.

Several more people called the shelter and were willing to donate hay to these cattle. It just goes to show how supportive, generous and caring the people of Summit County are.

Ms. Nelson called the shelter on Friday to thank the community and to inform us the cattle arrived at Fort Morgan healthy. Once again, thank you Summit County.

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