COLORADO Denver cat café a bite prompts lawsuit

May 14, 2015

Bite prompts lawsuit against Denver cat cafe A lawsuit filed on behalf of Sue Hodges seeks damages from the Denver Cat Company, a cafe where patrons can pet cats from a local shelter. Hodges says she was bitten on the hand by a cat there, and the bite became infected. Hodges says she missed a week of work and suffered complications from antibiotics. Denver Cat Company owner Sana Hamelin says patrons are adequately warned that cats may bite or scratch. KUSA-TV (Denver) (5/11)


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COLORADO rescues overflow with horses, donkeys


March 13, 2015

Rescues overflow with horses, donkeys The founders of two rescues in Colorado are seeing a large number of horses and donkeys. Floss Blackburn of Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Grover says overbreeding means there are too many horses and donkeys and not enough good homes. Kathy Dean of Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett argues the equine world could take some cues from efforts to stem populations of companion animals, including programs and clinics to promote castration, deworming and dental care. The consequences of the glut are many, including animals with behavior problems because of poor care, shipment of animals for slaughter outside the U.S. and suffering among those that remain in the country. The Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) (3/10)

COLORADO national purebred dog day

Match 13, 2015
Both stories ok to cross-post

A Quiet Huge Day

In many ways, the Kickstarter campaign which you generously supported with donations and moral support was a manifestation of a “movement”
done backwards. It was neverreally about a website, though the website would become critical, and it was never reallyabout the Facebook page (which just exceeded 38, 200 page friends, thank you!). National Purebred Dog Day was about having a day on which purebred dogs would be celebrated. Even that, however, is a manifestation of a larger goal which is to restore balance to the national conversation about responsible dog ownership. This has to include the voice of the purebred dog owner and a “call to action” to protect our dog breeds from vanishing from horrendous legislation and by the poison of animal rights rhetoric.
National Purebred Dog Day won’t cure cancer or solve world hunger, but it will offer one day out of the year on which it’s not just “okay,” but expected that we show pride in being responsible purebred dog owners. I know of many people who’ve been “guilted” for owning a purebred dog, and God forbid if it’s not a shelter or rescue dog. Many people simply avoid owning up to owning a purebred dog in public and this has to stop. As I see it, having a day of recognition is a tool to be used to that end.
Yesterday, Colorado became the first State in the Union to recognize May
1 as National Purebred Dog Day by joint resolution in both the House and the Senate. There was one “nay” vote cast by a representative who felt it was a waste of tax payer dollars (how, I don’t know). In the Senate, it was not only unanimous, but after the full support of the Senate, every Senator asked to have his or her name listed on the resolution as a co-sponsor.
Our day was made official without media attention which was fine by me.
I’d rather make a splash next May 1 when we celebrate our dogs in public, in private, and on the Internet. After the vote, we met with Senators and Representatives who shared stories of their own purebred dogs. I was later told that it has been a contentious week for the legislators who’d had to deal with seriously difficult issues which now made sense of the deep interest and appreciation expressed by these people. In essence, the dogs who’d come with us (the Old English Sheepdog, the Skye Terrier, the Irish Wolfhound, Norwich Terrier, the Field Spaniel) became therapy dogs. This included “Emmet,” an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier – or Pit Bull, who was probably the best behaved dog there, and certainly better behaved than the Puli miscreant determined to make his owner – me – look bad.
Now that we have an official day, the website will serve as the “face”
of our effort for the other 364 days of the year. I’m going to make available to anyone who wants to pursue this in their own state, the final resolution, the video that was shown to the Legislators during the reading of it, and a rough outline of how I went about doing it. More than anything, I want to offer encouragement to “go for it.” My parents loved me and thought I was special, but there is nothing so special about me that each of you don’t also possess in one way or another that would keep you from trying to make this happen in your own state.
This is an update I’ve been wanting to be able to write for well over a year, though I was also prepared to write a very different version that would say, “We’ll try again next year.” Happily, I’m not writing that one.
Until next time!

One person alone did not make this happen. The Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs had a big part in making this all happen, along with members of the dog show community who attended and worked to make the event and the passage of the resolution a positive one at the state capitol. The CFDC lobbyist did a great job making sure the stage was properly set for passage of this resolution all the way along the process. A last minute change in legislative procedures sent us scurrying around the capitol with the lobbyist to find a Senate sponsor at the last possible minute, but we made it happen! A luncheon was arranged and paid for by CFDC so legislators, dogs and dog owners could celebrate after the passage and share their admiration for Purebred dogs!

Linda Hart

COLORADO, Thornton pet store owners charged with animal cruelty

March 11, 2015


By John Aguilar The Denver Post

Posted: 03/10/2015 05:56:31 PM MDT4 Comments | Updated: about 6
hours ago

Three family members who run the Thornton pet store Jurassic Pets have been charged with nearly 100 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abusing and killing rodents and reptiles at their store.

Court documents show that a total of 97 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts were filed during the weekend and Monday against Kenneth Mark Kubic (21 counts), Lynn Denise Kubic (38 counts) and Brian James Kubic
(38 counts).

Jess Redman, assistant district attorney for Adams County, wouldn’t confirm the charges because he said he hadn’t yet had the chance to talk to the defendants.

The investigation, which culminated in December with Thornton police executing a search warrant on the business at 10380 Washington St., was prompted by an investigation conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The animal rights group claimed Tuesday that the store’s staff attempted to kill domestic mice and rats by “whacking them against surfaces.” PETA also claimed that rodents and reptiles at Jurassic Pets were frozen alive and were routinely denied water….

COLORADO, Larkspur search continues for police dogs released from kennel

 June 2, 2014


Search Continues For Police Dogs Released From Kennel In Larkspur June 1, 2014 4:21 PM


LARKSPUR, Colo. (CBS4) – Douglas County deputies are warning the public to stay away from three police and military trained dogs. The German shepherds disappeared from a private kennel in Larkspur after someone released them.


The dogs are highly trained, but the sheriff’s office says they are not at all killers. They worry that if approached the wrong way by someone the dogs could react aggressively, making finding them a priority for their office.


Amy Gunbil and her husband spend their lives raising and training German shepherds and her dogs are nothing short of family.


“They’re all unique and special in their own way, and the three that are missing are no exception.” Gunbil said….


The sheriff’s office says together the three dogs are worth close to $100,000, and the idea that someone went there knowing that is something they’re investigating.


“This is off the road aways, so you would have to know that it was there, and let the dogs out of the kennels, so someone specifically intended to let those dogs go free,” Spurlock said….



COLORADO, Aurora voters will decide pit bull ban

June 2, 2014

Aurora, CO: Voters Will Decide Pit Bull Ban


Aurora Voters Will Decide Pit Bull Ban

June 2, 2014AURORA, Colo. (AP) –

Aurora voters will decide this fall whether to allow banished pit bulls back into the city. The ballot question was approved by the city council Monday

The Aurora Sentinel reports that ballot measures on transportation and whether to allow police captains and lieutenants to form a union were also given clearance for November ballots


The dog measure would ask voters if they want to lift the city’s nearly decade-long ban on pit bulls. The banned breeds include pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — all considered pit bulls. The three breeds are still allowed as service dogs.

The council has until Aug. 25 to formally adopt other potential measures to put on ballots.

COLORADO, Denver among top 10 worst US cities for dog attacks.

Houston unfortunately is #1

May 14, 2014

Denver among top 10 worst U.S. cities for dog attacks by Stephanie Wolf

DENVER — Denver landed at number eight on a listed compiled by the United States Postal Service that ranks the worst cities in the nation for dog attacks and bites.   More than 5,581 postal service employees were attacked by dogs in 2013, 41 of which where Denver workers, according to Denver postmaster Mark Talbott.   The 2013 rankings were as follows:

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Los Angeles, California
  3. Cleveland, Ohio
  4. Sand Diego, California
  5. Chicago, Illinois
  6. Baltimore, Maryland
  7. Dallas, Texas
  8. Denver, Colorado
  9. Columbus, Ohio
  10. Kansas City, Missouri

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually. About half of that number accounts for children and about 885,000 require medical attention.   Denver mail carrier Brian Bogle said dogs have presented obstacles to him in the past while on duty.   Two years ago, two dogs broke through the window of a residence to attack Bogle, he said. He hid from the animals on a porch while he contacted local law enforcement for help.   “The dog feels we are invading its territory and will do anything to protect its property,” said Bogle. “Meanwhile, we are trying to serve the public while delivering their mail.”   In an effort to diminish the number of attacks in future years, the U.S. Postal Service, medical experts, veterinarians and insurance companies have partnered up and declared May 18 through 24 as National Dog Bite Prevention Week.   According to the U.S. Postal Service, the goal of the awareness week is to “educate the public that dog bites are avoidable.”   The U.S. Postal Service offered pet owners several tips on how to protect their local carriers:

  • If your dog is loose in a fenced yard, place your mailbox outside the fence and beyond the reach of the animal.
  • If your mail carrier delivers a package to your home, place the dog in a separate room where it cannot see the carrier before opening the door to accept your mail — dogs have been known to bust through screen or plate-glass doors to get at strangers.
  • Parents, remind your children to not accept mail directly from the carrier in the presence of a house pet because the animal may see this action as a threat to the child.
  • Obedience training can teach dogs appropriate behavior and help owners control their animals in any situation.
  • Take precautions when accepting mail directly from a carrier in front of a pet.
  • When a mail carrier approaches your home, keep the dog inside, away from the door, in another room or on a leash.
  • Socialize your dog. Animals who receive little attention or are left tied up for long periods of time can turn into biters.

“Any dog can bite and all attacks are preventable through responsible pet ownership,” said Talbott. “Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem.”

COLORADO, Aurora leaders want voters to decide if pit bull ban should be lifted

May 14, 2014

Aurora leaders want voters to decide if pit bull ban should be lifted

Posted 9:29 pm, May 13, 2014, by Hema Mullur,

AURORA, Colo. — Nearly five million Americans are bitten by dogs each year.  Half of them are kids.   One dog that gets much of the blame is the pit bull.   Dozens of cities across the United States ban the breed outright. Denver and are Aurora among them.   But Aurora is considering lifting its ban.   Ginger has been a member of the O’Connor family since she was five months old.   “She more or less picked us out. Just a happy go lucky, doofus of a little dog,” said owner RJ O’Connor.   Going on 13-years-old, Ginger plays gently with her tiny human siblings at their home in Parker. In so many other cities here and across the nation, Ginger is banned for the simple fact that she’s a pit bull.   Say the name pit bull and many people picture a dangerous dog — something O’Connor says Ginger is most certainly not.   “They have a high desire to please their owners,” he said. “So that’s where it can either be used for good or go bad quickly.”   And the bad can be devastating.   In April, three dogs, believed to be a pit bull and two mastiffs, broke into Shirley Croffard’s home attacking her and her two dogs.   “Honestly I thought I was going to die. I was screaming so loud I just wanted somebody to come and help me,” Croffard said.   There were reports Tuesday the three dogs in that attack had been euthanized by the City of Denver.   Denver city councilman Charlie Brown supports the ban which has been in place since 1989.   “Since we have had that ban we have not seen a headline in the Denver Post … about pit bulls attacking anyone in Denver,” Brown said.   It’s a different story in Aurora. After nine years, some lawmakers want to lift that city’s ban.   In March, city lawmakers turned down a proposal to repeal the ban but after much debate, they’re now planning to put it to voters this November.   Can Aurora voters identify the dog they will vote for or against?   We took a poster with pictures of several dogs out on the streets to find out. Over and over, even dog lovers couldn’t pick the correct dog.

‘Dog Whisperer’ trying to change misconceptions

This widespread misconception has many trying to clean up the pit bull’s reputation.  Among the most outspoken is the man we know as the “dog whisperer,” Cesar Millan.   “My right hand is a pit bull. I started Dog Whisperer with a pit bull,” Millan said.   He, like many, said it’s not the dog that’s to blame.   “It’s important to see that it’s not the breed, it’s the human behind the dog,” he said.   And with an owner like RJ O’Connor, Ginger has turned out to be gentle, loving and playful. Bans, O’Connor said, are not the answer.   “Why would you want to spend your money, spend your resources, on a dog that’s not a problem?” he said. “When meanwhile, the dog next door, pick x breed, is biting kids left and right but because it doesn’t fall into a category, it’s not even thought of as a problem.”   That’s a question voters in Aurora will soon have to ask themselves.

COLORADO, HSUS to defer ballot initiative to protect dairy cows from abuse this election cycle


May 13, 2014

Colorado – HSUS

May 13, 2014 The HSUS to Defer Ballot Initiative to Protect Dairy Cows from Abuse this Election Cycle

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, HSUS Colorado state director Jacquelyn Pyun, Colorado dairy farmer Angela Smith, along with two members of The HSUS Agriculture Council for Colorado–chair Dr. Tom Parks, DVM, and cattle rancher Mike Callicrate–indicated they’ve decided against moving forward with a ballot measure this election cycle to prevent cruelty to dairy cows in Colorado, including the unnecessary and cruel practice of cutting off cows’ tails.

Mike Callicrate said: “Even though polling shows that Colorado voters favor a ballot measure to protect dairy cows from abuses like tail docking by a three-to-one margin, we have decided against moving forward this election cycle. The Colorado Legislative Council and Title Board misconstrued our simple and straightforward language. Their action effectively runs out the clock for a refile of new language. We plan to launch a website to educate citizens, including livestock producers, about this abusive practice.”

Wayne Pacelle added: “The plan to have Colorado agriculture industry representatives conduct ongoing review of animal welfare issues–hatched in 2008 after the passage of a bill to phase out extreme confinement of breeding pigs and veal calves–has been a complete failure. Even though almost every dairy trade industry association and every major veterinary group opposes the unnecessary and inhumane practice of cutting off cows’ tails, this group could not muster the resolve to deal with this problem. We are not aware of any animal welfare improvements that this group has initiated. This leaves us with legislative or ballot initiatives as the only potential pathways for reform.”

COLORADO, El Paso County, 3 week kitten tested positive for rabies

October 26, 2013

Kitten tests positive for rabies in Fountain, first one since 1966by Travis Ruiz

Posted: 10.25.2013 at 4:22 PM

EL PASO COUNTY, COLO. — A 3-week-old kitten that was found in Fountainhas tested positive for rabies, according to El Paso County Public Health This marks the first reported case of a rabid domestic cat in El PasoCounty since 1966.

The kitten, officials said, was found abandoned under a shed on SouthRace Street in Fountain. It displayed neurologic symptoms. It tested

positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Thursday.People in the neighborhood said the mother of the kitten was a calico cat that was last seen earlier this month.

Four other rabid cats have been reported in Colorado this year. Those were in Larimer, Logan, Washington and Weld counties…..