Lawsuit: Colorado Animals Killed at 'No Kill' Shelters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A lawsuit claims the Colorado Humane Society euthanized nearly one out of every three animals at its "no kill'' shelters in 2004.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers filed a lawsuit and douments in Arapahoe County Court Wednesday seeking to wrest control of the institution and place it under the care of a custodian.

Suthers claims unwanted pets dropped off at the shelter were
killed within days, even though their owners hoped they would
remain there long enough to be adopted.

The lawsuit alleges managers falsely represented their euthanasia rate at 8 percent when it was much higher, reaching 29 percent in 2004. A message left for Humane Society Director of Development Robert Warren, who is named in the suit, wasn't immediately returned.

Ag spokesman Nate Strauch said a 14-month probe by his office
was prompted by an investigative story by KMGH-TV in Denver.

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