September 24, 2020

HSPPR Animal Law Enforcement Rescues 26 Chihuahuas From Apartment

HSPPR Animal Law Enforcement Rescues 26 Chihuahuas From Apartment

September 24, 2020 Colorado Springs, CO – In the afternoon on Wednesday, September 23, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Law Enforcement officers were called about a situation in which too many Chihuahuas were living in one apartment. Officers Nicole Michon and Evan Johnson responded. They found 30 Chihuahuas living in crates in a garage. The owner had just been evicted.

Having 30 dogs in one residence is not only bad for the animals and humans involved, but also against the law in Colorado Springs, where the owner was living. After speaking with officers about his options, their owner surrendered 26 of his dogs to HSPPR. He kept four of the Chihuahuas, which put him in compliance with the legal limit.

See pictures of Officers Michon and Johnson transporting the Chihuahuas here. Photo credit @SarahMutulaPhotography, HSPPR photography volunteer.

Officers Michon and Johnson safely loaded and transported all the Chihuahuas to HSPPR’s Colorado Springs campus. They were given preliminary exams by our behavior and veterinary teams. We believe most of the Chihuahuas are medically healthy. A few will need dental surgeries. Some are fearful and will need some time in our behavior modification program. And all of them will need to be spayed or neutered through our veterinary clinic. We estimate the first of these Chihuahuas could be available for adoption as early as next week.

Officer Michon is available from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Animal Law Enforcement building on HSPPR’s Colorado Springs campus today to speak about this case.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving nearly 25,000 animals a year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. Its Bite Blotter is used to track the quantity, severity, victim types and locations of domestic animal bites to create a safer and more informed community. Rated four stars by Charity Navigator, HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from the community to fund its many humane programs. For more information, visit