Photo courtesy: Aurelia Cervantes
Weld County, CO 64-year-old Kimi Van Peck is being held on a $3,000 bond for one charge of animal cruelty according to the Weld County Jail inmate voice mail system.
Peck was scheduled in this court Monday morning. On April 22nd, she was given 55 citations for not having rabies certifications for her dogs, and with those citations she was required to appear in court. Due to her absence, the municipal court issued an arrest warrant for Peck.
Cheyenne Animal Control took in 53 dogs from the alleged animal hoarder Friday afternoon. Peck of Tehachapi, California was at the Frontier Vet Clinic getting at least 30 of her dogs vaccinated for rabies when numerous tips came in about her location. Cheyenne Animal Control then dispatched officers to the scene where upon inspection of the trailer, she was convinced to surrender the dogs.
On April 22nd, tips came into Animal Control about Peck and her trailer full of dogs. Upon inspection of her trailer, it was found that the dogs were well fed and watered and not in distress. She told officers then that she was transporting the dogs to another location, but wouldn't say where. She was cited by Animal Control on 55 counts of not having rabies certifications for her dogs. She is still scheduled in court on Monday for the citations.
After receiving numerous tips including one from NewsChannel 5, Cheyenne Animal Control dispatched officers to the Frontier Veterinary Clinic where they found Peck and her trailer. She was at the clinic to get at least 30 of the animals vaccinated. Upon another inspection of her trailer, it was found that the living conditions had deteriorated substantially and she was convinced to surrender her dogs with Animal Control allowing her to keep 4, per Cheyenne law.
The Cheyenne law states that residents are only allowed to have four pets. When Sgt. Debbie Lee of the Cheyenne Animal Control explained this to Peck, she cooperated and surrendered the dogs. She was not arrested though, because if arrested, the dogs would have to be held for a minimum of 30 days to be used as evidence and they couldn't be adopted or given to foster families. By surrendering the dogs, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter will be able to immediately begin helping the dogs and getting them out on the adoption floor.
Peck ran an animal shelter in Tehachapi, California in 2010, but it was shut down shortly after it opened. Since that time, Peck has become a target for animal right's group, even to the point where a Facebook page titled, "Where on earth is animal hoarder Kimi Peck" was created.
A total of 57 dogs were taken out of the trailer and all of the dogs will go to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter to receive medical treatment. Peck will be allowed to keep four of the dogs.
With the shelter already seeing an increase in kittens and puppies, another 53 dogs in the shelter puts them over capacity. They need donations of money, puppy food, adult food, as well as dog bedding. For more information on how or what to donate, you can follow the link to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter's webpage above.