Operators at a sled dog facility in Colorado could be facing animal cruelty charges after the Park County Sheriff’s Office rescued approximately 100 dogs that were starved and neglected.
Unfortunately eight dogs didn’t make it and were found dead at the site, according to 9News.com. Dog health is the main concern when examining the rescued animals. State veterinarian Keith Roehr feels that most of the dogs will make a full recovery, but others are in worse condition.
About 30 dogs were immediately taken to treatment facilities in the Colorado area to receive medical attention, the remaining 70 will be placed in other areas around the state.
Roehr noted that despite the dogs’ poor condition, rescuers did find food on the premises, leading authorities to wonder why the operators let the dogs’ health deteriorate so drastically.
"There was dog food, a good amount of dog food on the premise, so [we’re] not exactly sure why that food wasn’t being distributed in a manner that would allow these dogs to maintain their weight," Roehr said.
Authorities are still looking into a time span of the abuses.