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Humane Society struggles to foot bill for 112 new animals

Meg Hilling
December 05, 2017 06:46 PM

DURANGO, Colo. -- The La Plata County Humane Society is struggling to pay the bills for 112 animals that were seized during an animal cruelty investigation in November.

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The owner of the animals now faces 105 counts of animal cruelty.

"The Humane Society is the one that has to foot the bill for all that," said Travis Woehrel, director of animal protection. "It is right around $43,000 right now that it is costing."

The bill is based off an initial impound fee of $40 per animal and a daily care fee of $20 per animal. There were reports of the bill being 67,200 dollars, but the county's animal protection agency says that number is inaccurate, as it is representative of a month of impound costs and other fees. According to Woehrel, the animals have only been impounded for about 20 days.

"What happens is when we impound the animals we tell the owner, it is going to cost you x amount of money for us to take care of these animals during this whole process," he said.

Since the owner of the property, Elizabeth Miera told court officials she does not have that money, the Humane Society will have to incur the cost.

As the case proceeds through court, the folks over at the La Plata County Humane Society say they are going to need some help given the massive increase in animals they now have to care for. Whether you can help find the animals new homes, volunteer your time or donate, the organization says anything can help.

"The best way to help is through just donations to the humane society," Woehrel said.

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