Despite damning photos showing an underweight dog who is missing most of her hair, the city of Englewood, Colorado, has dismissed a case which was submitted for review by RezDawg Rescue. The rescue group asked for the situation to be investigated after Maggie, a Labrador retriever mix, was returned to them in poor condition.
Volunteer Daniel Hill wrote a Facebook post, voicing his disgust with the city’s findings, on December 14:
An individual originally adopted a dog from Rezdawg Rescue and the dog was literally on death’s door upon re-entering the Rescue’s care. City of Englewood, Colorado refuses to open an animal neglect case, because of a lack of evidence of being burned, beaten, maimed, or scarred.
How is that the criteria by which animal neglect is considered when the dog literally looks dead, and obviously starved and neglected. I’m sorry, but this isn’t just neglect, this is ABUSE.
The city of Englewood should have to answer these questions and protect our four-legged friends. Absolutely sickening that people can get away with this sort of neglect and go on to repeat the offense.
The city’s findings
As reported by KDVR News, the city dismissed the case and a city attorney wrote:
“The city does not feel the facts alleged supports the charge of cruelty or neglect of a dog,”
On Tuesday, the rescue group wrote:
Maggie, one of our #RescueDogs adopted in 2015, was suffering. We got her back in horrible shape! City of Englewood, Colorado, did not gather evidence from us nor the vet who examined her nor did they actually examine the dog. Only the owner was allowed to testify in court. Surprise! The judge gave a #NotGuilty verdict.
Maggie is recuperating in a new foster home and is doing well. She will be made available for adoption once again.
City of Englewood, Colorado website here.
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