Colorado couple faces 28 charges of animal cruelty
FAIRPLAY, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado couple who own a sled-dog racing business have each been charged with 28 felony animal cruelty charges.
A Park County judge charged Samuel Walker and Diane Walker each with six felony and 22 misdemeanor charges. District Attorney Thom LeDoux says Samuel Walker could face heavier penalties because of a prior animal cruelty conviction in 2003.
Arrest warrants had been issued for the two after Park County authorities reported finding six dead dogs and dozens of starving dogs Dec. 17 at their Park County kennel, after receiving an anonymous tip.
The Walkers were arrested on Christmas Day and 100 starving dogs were seized from their Pawsatrak Racing Sled Dog Kennel near Hartsel, about 70 miles southwest of Denver.
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