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Dogs seized from Colorado sled dog kennel

sled_dogArrest warrants have been issued for the Colorado couple who operate the Pawsatrak Racing Sled Dog Kennel.

Investigators found dozens of dogs in poor condition on the premises. Eight dogs died and about 100 were seized by authorities last week, according to the Associated Press.

The kennel is in Hartsel, about 70 miles southwest of Denver.

Samuel Maeser Walker and Diane Elaine Walker face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 30 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

A necropsy on two female huskies found one died from starvation and complications of pneumonia. Another died from ”bloat” or ”twisted gut,” sometimes the result of animal being given a large amount of food after being deprived of food over time.

(Photo: Park County Sheriff’s Department)


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm

People should be aware that bloat can occur in any dog–not just a dog who’s been abused–and that it can kill quickly. Dogs with a very slim waist in proportion to their chests (a Greyhound sort of shape) are a bit more prone to it than other dogs. It can kill a dog pretty quickly. If a dog’s abdomen gets swollen or tender, if it tries to vomit and can’t, tries to defecate and can’t, or appears very uncomfortable in that area, it’s a good idea to get to the vet’s right away. Sometimes they can fix it, but sometimes they can’t. Either way, it’s horribly painful for the dog.