By Jenna Browder
Within the last year the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has dealt with four different cases of animal hoarding involving more than 200 animals.
In July the shelter took in 26 dogs whose owner, Ray Patton, was accused of cruelty to animals. "We go out and we see the situation and we have to bring [the animals] in and then we're stuck with them for who knows how long" said Rick Collord, the Director of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
In Patton's case, the shelter cared for his dogs for nearly four months, costing an estimated $47,000.
The case settled with a plea agreement in October. Patton was convicted and given six months probation. He then paid the shelter $1,440 for nine of the dogs. "The shelter is out all that cost and then the animals go back to their owners" said Collord.
To Collord the punishment is a slap on the wrist. "There's no restitution for the shelter... I can only speculate that the courts are backed up" he said..." More