DENVER - Nearly two dozen dogs, which were rescued from a home in Costilla County, are now being treated at the Dumb Friends League in Denver.
A total of 42 dogs, all shepherd-mixes, were rescued. Because there are so many of them, all of them could not be treated in Costilla County. Twenty-three of them were taken to Denver.
The Costilla County Sheriff's Office seized the dogs with help from The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA, the Dumb Friends League and the HSPPR investigations team on Jan. 15, 2014.
Officials told 9NEWS the dogs had been neglected and did not have adequate shelter. Some were severely underweight. Others were tied up using chains that left marks around their necks.
"They were malnourished. They were scared. They had limited human interaction, so that's why when we step in. We give them the proper medical care, but we also give them the proper behavioral and socialization that they are going to need," said Chris Gallegos, Public Relations Manager for the Dumb Friends League.
"This was truly a collaborative effort involving teams from across the state," said Katrina Schou, manager of field services for the Dumb Friends League. "Dozens of people came together for one goal-to help pets that could not speak for themselves and give them the second chances they deserve."
The dogs will not be available for adoption until all medical and behavioral evaluations and potential treatments are complete. To help these dogs during the rehabilitation process, all three shelters-the Dumb Friends League, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Pueblo Animal Services-are accepting monetary donations.
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