Rifle man fined in animal cruelty case
Vail CO, Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” On Monday, September 29, 2008 37 year old Daniel Eliseo Zepeda Perez of Rifle, Colorado accepted a guilty plea to one count of Cruelty to Animals.
Garfield County Sheriff Deputies seized Dora in June of 2008. Daniel was the owner and caretaker of Dora, a (2) two year old Mastiff. At the time of seizure Dora weighed 74 lbs and the female Mastiff should have weighed 120-140 lbs. Dora had chronic hip pain and a severe infection due to an old injury while in the care of Daniel as a puppy. We have no details about the injury.
In the days leading up to the seizure Dora was unable to walk and had to drag her hind end to move about while mothering a litter of puppies. Dora was kept on a short cable across the driveway from an unused dog house. She was surrounded by broken ceramic tiles and loose screws in a dirt area.
Animal Control Officer Aimee Chappelle said, “I can’t understand how such a sweet dog was allowed to suffer so greatly and in such pain.”
Divide Creek Animal Hospital’s Peter Langegger DVM, Emily Langegger, Divide Creek Staff, Orthopedic Surgeon Jay Gentry DVM, and the CARE Shelter worked together to save her. After thousands of dollars and massive hours of critical care, Dora lost her battle to survive; she was too far gone and unable to recover.
Judge Javanovich ordered Daniel Zepeda to pay $4,000.00 to the CARE Shelter and $5,584.00 in fines and costs totaling $9584.00. Daniel Zepeda was sentenced to (1) one year of unsupervised probation.
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