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An alarming incident has come to light in Gilpin County, Colorado, where authorities launched an investigation after discovering 13 abandoned dogs at the Just Like Home Dog Boarding facility, located east of Denver. The dogs were found in distressing conditions, with inadequate access to water and food, raising concerns among both pet families and law enforcement officials.
Last Sunday, officers from the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the boarding facility to find a total of 13 dogs, both indoors and outdoors, left without proper care. Cherokee Blake from the sheriff’s department expressed deep concern about the welfare of these animals. Inside the kennels, seven dogs were cramped, while outside, six others were exposed to hazards such as nails and sharp objects.
The parents of some of the dogs had entrusted the facility with their pets while going out of town, with the expectation that their beloved companions would be cared for. Bre and Corey Tonjes, one couple who had relied on the boarding facility, shared their distressing experience. Normally, they left their dogs with family, but when that option fell through, they turned to online resources and found the facility on Craigslist, which had positive reviews on its website.
Bre and Corey Tonjes entrusted their two beloved dogs, an Alaskan malamute named Odin and a corgi named Pixie, to the Just Like Home Dog Boarding facility. Their dogs were kept in plastic crates together, a situation that Bre recognized as less than ideal for her large malamute, Odin. The crate was so small that Odin couldn’t even turn around, and Pixie was cramped behind him.
The couple was understandably upset and frustrated by the conditions their dogs were subjected to. Corey emphasized that their dogs were like their children. The Tonjes’ anger and concern mirrored the sentiments of many people who entrust their animals to such facilities with the expectation of proper care and attention.
Law enforcement officers have initiated an investigation into the incident and are actively seeking to contact the owner of the boarding facility. Cherokee Blake stated that the case is currently under investigation, and pending charges may be filed based on the findings.
The distressing incident at the Just Like Home Dog Boarding facility has sparked outrage among pet lovers and law enforcement officials alike. It serves as a stark reminder of the importance of thoroughly researching and vetting boarding facilities before entrusting them with the care of beloved pets.
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