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Multiple horses seized from stables in animal cruelty, neglect investigation, says sheriff

The Grand County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Humane Society executed a search warrant at the Snow Mountain Stables to assess and care for the horses on site.

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. — A horse stable in Grand County had multiple horses seized as part of an investigation into animal cruelty and neglect, the Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) said.

The sheriff's office partnered with the Colorado Humane Society to execute a search warrant on the Snow Mountain Stables located at 1101 CR 53, which is near Granby in unincorporated Grand County. 

After executing the search warrant on the property, support personnel assessed and provided supportive care for the horses during the ongoing investigation, said GCSO. 

The Gilpin County Animal Response Team or GCART quickly responded to help the GCSO move the horses from the stable property. Six trucks with trailers and many personnel and help from the Jefferson County GCART team were used to move the animals. 

Credit: Gilpin County Sheriff's Office
Gilpin County Animal Response Team assisted the Grand County Sheriff's Office with moving horses in an animal neglect and cruelty investigation.

The sheriff's office said the stables at this location are operated through a private vendor formally under contract with the YMCA of the Rockies but are not owned or operated by the YMCA of the Rockies.

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"It is heartbreaking to acknowledge, that this is unfortunately our second significant animal welfare investigation this week," Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said. "We all know how harsh our weather can be during winters in Grand County. It is imperative that we as individual animal owners and the community as a whole recognize these conditions and follow appropriate standards of care for these animals in this environment.

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