As you may have heard, Community Animal Services of Pueblo, operated by PAWS for Life, relinquished its license on March 27.
The move followed a state investigation into unacceptable conditions. You can find the state’s full investigation leading to the closure here, which includes injured and ill animals going without care. PAWS for Life had been contracted by Pueblo City and County to provide animal control and sheltering operations starting on January 1 of this year.
With the closure, PAWS for Life is providing animal control services and sheltering in the interim. So far, HSPPR’s Rescue Rover transported 28 dogs to our shelter to help make sure they are getting the care they need. Our team will be spending the next several days assessing their overall health and medical needs. This continues to be a developing situation, but HSPPR is standing by, along with our animal welfare colleagues around the state. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Dumb Friends League for coordinating animal transfers to Front Range shelters. Working together using a model called socially conscious sheltering means we can ensure the best possible outcome for these animals.
Yesterday, the City and County of Pueblo reached out to us for help, and we are working on a temporary contract to get the shelter back up and running. Once we have a written agreement with the city and county, we will work to provide short-term basic services with the assistance of Dumb Friends League. The county has expressed interest in a long-term commitment with HSPPR to return to Pueblo as the full-time service provider. We are hopeful the city will agree as well.
We are grateful for your support of these efforts, and for our partnership with other shelters around the state, to help these animals in need. We will continue to keep you updated.