Hartsel couple arrested on animal cruelty charges
FAIRPLAY, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado couple who own a sled-dog racing business have been arrested on felony animal cruelty charges.
Samuel Walker and Diane Walker were arrested on Christmas Day and posted $2,000 bond each. Arrests warrants had been issued for the two after Park County authorities reported finding six dead dogs and dozens of starving dogs Dec. 17 at the Pawsatrak Racing Sled Dog Kennel near Hartsel, about 70 miles southwest of Denver.
The Walkers face the felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty and several counts of the misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals. They are due in Park County Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4.
Authorities say they went to the kennel after getting an anonymous tip. The dogs were all crossbreeds of Alaskan descent used in sled racing.
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