Rescued From A Rescue: Woman Convicted Of Animal Cruelty Faces Sentencing


IT SOUNDS LIKE COLORADO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. WE’RE LIVE IN DENVER, JEFF TODD COVERING COLORADO FIRST. JEFF, THANK YOU. TODAY DOZENS OF DOGS AND OTHER PETS ARE IN HAPPY LOVING HOMES, THEY WERE RESCUED FROM A PLACE THAT ALSO CLAIMED TO BE A RESCUE. TURNS OUT IT WAS ACTUALLY AN ILLEGAL DOG BREEDER. THE WOMAN RUNNING THE ORGANIZATION WILL BE SENTENCED TOMORROW FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY. CBS4 INVESTIGATOR BRIAN MOSS JOINS US. AND BRIAN, THOSE DOGS WERE FOUND IN TERRIBLE CONDITIONS. Reporter: SOME OF THOSE DOGS DID END UP HERE AT THE DENVER DOGS FRIENDS LEAGUE. SEEING WHERE THEY CAME FROM SHOCKING EVEN TO SOME SEASONED INVESTIGATORS. BUT THE GOOD NEWS MANY OF THOSE DOGS NOW LIVING IN BETTER SURROUNDINGS. I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A GREAT DANE. IT’S LIKE A DREAM OF MINE TO HAVE ONE. THIS IS HANNAH AND HER BEST FRIEND LILO. BRING IT HERE. WHEN SHE ADOPTED LILO, SHE KNEW HER DOG WAS RESCUED FROM A BAD SITUATION, SICK AND UNDERWEIGHT. BE YOU SHE HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW BAD UNTIL WE SHOWED HER THE VIDEO. HERE’S WHERE LILO CAME FROM. IN MARCH OF 2016 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INVESTIGATORS WORE BODY CAMERAS AS THEY SEARCHED THE CASWELL RANCH NEAR LIMON. THEY FOUND 44 DOGS MANY OF THEM GREAT DANES LIVING AMONG TRASH HEAPS. OH GOD THERE’S LIKE INCHES AND INCHES OF FECES. IN A SERIES OF TRAILERS, AND SHEDS. THEY WERE BORN HERE. THEY WERE BREEDING DOGS WITHOUT A LICENSE THEN SELLING THEM ON THE INTERNET. HOLY CRAP. OH GOD. INSIDE THEIR HOME TRASH FROM CEILING TO FLOOR. MORE DOGS AND EXOTIC BIRDS. NO WORDS ARE NEEDED. . DEAD ANIMALS WERE FOUND AROUND THE PROPERTY. IT’S HORRIBLE. IT’S A MESS. IT’S LIKE HELL FOR AN ANIMAL BEING PINNED UP LIKE THAT. NOT BEING FED THE WAY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE FED. WORKERS FROM THE COLORADO HUMANE SOCIETY DAWNED PROTECTIVE SUITS AND RESCUED THE ANIMALS. THEY WERE IN PRETTY POOR SHAPE. HUMANE SOCIETY INVESTIGATOR SAID THE CASWELLS WERE OFFERED HELP BUT REFUSED IT SO CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE FILED. THE ANIMALS WERE SEIZED AS A LAST RESORT. YOU OWN A PET YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF IT. NO EXCUSE FOR LETTING THEM WASTE AWAY LIKE THAT. THERE’S ALWAYS PLACES OUT THERE WHERE YOU CAN GET HELP. MANY OF THE DOGS WERE TAKEN TO THE FRIENDS LEAGUE. FIVE WERE SO SICK THEY DIED OR HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED. BUT 29 WERE ADOPTED OUT TO PEOPLE LIKE HANNAH. WHO’S WORKING TO GIVE LILO THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE. GIVE HER A BETTER HOME, A BETTER LIFE. SHE’S SPOILED NOW. SHE GETS EVERYTHING THAT SHE COULD DREAM OF PRETTY MUCH. IF I COULD GIVE HER THE WORLD I WOULD. GOOD GIRL. THAT’S A GOOD GIRL, YEAH. SHE’LL BE SENTENCED TOMORROW IN LINCOLN COUNTY.

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