Unlicensed breeder sentenced to probation after dog falls from back of U-Haul truck

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Golden, Colorado – Larysa Pavlona Leuchanka, an unlicensed dog breeder, has been sentenced to years of probation for animal cruelty charges stemming from an incident that happened on I-70 in April 2021. Accord to a press release from the First Judicial District (Gilpin/Jefferson), Leuchanka was sentenced to five years probation for animal cruelty charges in Jefferson County. The terms of Leuchanka’s community supervision prohibit her from being in contact with the dogs who were victimized and owning or breeding any animal.

On April 13, a witness spotted a U-Haul truck that Leuchanka was driving – a dog and a puppy were “hanging out” of the rear of the moving truck. The witness was able to get the woman to pull over, and a discussion about the dangerous situation ensued, but Leuchanka drove away with the dogs still in the back. A day later, animal control officers with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were notified that a dog had fallen onto the roadway on I-70. The dog was injured, but the extent of the injuries is unknown.

Allie Galvan, a Deputy District Attorney in the First Judicial District, said:

The defendant’s neglect for the safety of the dogs in her care resulted in one being injured but it could have been much worse. We are satisfied with the court’s decision to ensure that other animals in our community won’t be placed in similar danger.”

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