Cheyenne Animal Shelter rescues 58 ‘giant’ dogs from Hoarder’s home; Wait 10 more

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A flood of ‘giant’ dogs and a flock of 30 to 40 birds, the result of animals seized in a ‘hoarding’ case, has inundated the Cheyenne Animal Shelter in recent days, a spokeswoman for the shelter told The Cowboy on Wednesday. StateDaily.

Shelter brand manager Niki Harrison told the Cowboy State Daily that this week 58 “giant” dogs and 30 to 40 birds have arrived at the center since the owner voluntarily gave up the animals.

“We’re working on vetting and vetting everyone, but these dogs came in at a time when we already had 40 dogs available for adoption and we’re in the middle of kitten season kicking off,” Harrison said.

In an email to Cheyenne Animal Shelter supporters, CEO Britney Tennant called the hoarding case “one of the biggest challenges [she has] never faced.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it – these animals have a tough road ahead,” Tennant wrote. “Dogs are under-socialized, unaccustomed to living as pets, dirty, and generally unwilling or unable to walk on a leash.”



Dogs returned included St. Bernard dogs, Great Pyrenees, Catahoula Leopard dogs and bullmastiffs.

As of Wednesday, there were about 30 dogs available for adoption or placement at the animal shelter, not including the dogs from the hoarding case. These animals will still need to be checked by staff veterinarians to ensure they are healthy enough to be around other dogs or people.

However, Harrison noted that none of the animals in the hoarding case had to be killed due to disease. The animals are shy and dirty, but overall they seem nice, she says.

The shelter has also reduced its adoption fee for all adult dogs to $99 to pique interest from potential new owners.



“We’re also opening up the shelter and letting people come through, through and if they’re interested in any of the animals, you can do a meet and greet with their pets,” Harrison said. “We have had a very good response so far. We had a lot of people show up and support us.

There are also at least four dogs in the shelter who are pregnant and Harrison said it would be great if they could be taken into a home that would allow them to have their puppies in a warm and safe home.

Harrison said the shelter was working with some of its partners, including Cheyenne’s Black Dog Animal Rescue, to relocate some of the dogs to free up space, but appealed to anyone interested in helping the animals consider adopting, to promote or donate to help creatures in need.

“Our hope is that we are a safe place to land on a long road for these animals, in terms of finding homes and the attention they deserve,” she said.

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