The Dumb Friends League received more than 140 dogs that were rescued from a breeder in Ordway, Colo., on Friday. The dogs were relinquished by their owner to The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA, an affiliate agency of the Dumb Friends League, after failing a required inspection by the Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA). The Department of Agriculture called in the Colorado Humane Society to assist in the removal and transport of the dogs.
Among the dogs that arrived at the Dumb Friends League are approximately 114 adults, 28 puppies and several pregnant mothers, including Chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, Maltese, Yorkies, terriers and other small to mid-sized breeds.
“We’re thankful that PACFA took action in this situation and that we are able to help give these dogs the proper care and compassion they deserve,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “This was truly a collaborative effort among groups from across the state, including PACFA, the Crowley County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Humane Society, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and the Dumb Friends League.”
Each of the dogs will receive a medical and behavior evaluation upon arrival at the Dumb Friends League. We expect many of them will be ready for adoption in a couple of days, while others may require medical care, grooming to remove mats, or behavior training and socialization before they are available. The Dumb Friends League will be transferring approximately 10 dogs to the Denver Animal Shelter.
“No animal should live in the conditions in which these dogs were found,” said Rohde. “This is a new beginning for them, and we’re honored that we have the facilities, the partnerships and the resources—thanks to the support of our generous donors—to help them.”
Although some of the dogs will not immediately be available for adoption, you can help provide care for them during the rehabilitation process by making a donation to the Dumb Friends League.