Official: Colorado Humane Society shelter to close
November 14, 2009
DENVER (AP) – The state-appointed custodian in charge of the Colorado Humane Society said Friday that the nonprofit will close Jan. 1.
Rick Block told Denver’s KMGH-TV the society can’t afford to stay open after the cities of Englewood and Littleton decided to contract with a new animal shelter.
It hasn’t been decided what will happen to animals in the society’s custody.
Block spoke outside an Arapahoe County court, where the society’s former owners faced charges of contempt of court. A judge cleared Bob and Mary Warren and their daughter, Stephanie, of the charges. They were accused of not providing documentation about shelter operations.
Attorney General John Suthers appointed Block in December after filing a lawsuit alleging the shelter’s managers mismanaged funds and euthanized animals to make room for more adoptable pets.
Suthers said the order would allow society shelters to operate while the case against the managers continued. Suthers alleged that nearly a third of the animals at the society’s purported no-kill shelters were euthanized in 2004.
Suthers’ lawsuit also accused shelter managers of raising about $3 million since 2003 without proper registration as a charitable agency, mixing personal money with society funds and illegally operating a veterinary clinic.
The Warrens deny wrongdoing and hope to regain control of the society.