Summit County Sheriff’s Office seeking information on puppies abandoned in Silverthorne as part of animal cruelty, neglect investigation

Animal Control Division authorities believe the pair of puppies might be American Bulldogs and about 12 weeks old.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is requesting information related to an animal cruelty and neglect investigation.

On Jan. 3, two puppies — possibly American Bulldogs — were abandoned around 6:45 a.m. at the McDonald’s at 220 Summit Place in Silverthorne, the Sheriff’s Office said in a notice circulated online. The puppies were about 12 weeks old.

Video footage related to the incident shows what appears to be a tan or light colored Lexus GX, with the model year estimated to be between 2005 and 2009, according to the Animal Control Division. An unidentified male was seen exiting the vehicle, the notice states.

Anyone with information is asked to call 970-668-4192 or email Animal Control Supervisor Daniel Ettinger at

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Summit Daily is embarking on a multiyear project to digitize its archives going back to 1989 and make them available to the public in partnership with the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The full project is expected to cost about $165,000. All donations made in 2023 will go directly toward this project.

Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.