Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - It seems appropriate that after 53 dogs were surrendered from an alleged animal hoarder yesterday, that today the Cheyenne Animal Shelter celebrated the start of "Be Kind to Animals Week". Mayor Kaysen along with many others were on hand for the celebrations which included a proclamation from the mayor as well as a blessing of the animals at the shelter as well as the shelter itself and the staff.
Reverend David Stratton, a CRMC chaplain, had the honor of the blessing. He recited a short prayer as well as the "10 Commandments for Animals" and spoke about taking care of nature and it's creations.
"humanity... one of our charges is to take care of that which we've been gifted with, that God has created this world, this universe, and then in that creating, created incredible things, the animals are one of those great creations, but they need to be taken care of."
Bob Fecht, CEO of the shelter was there and also found it very appropriate given yesterday's situation. He says that there are 3 or 4 dogs that need immediate medical attention as well as 1 or 2 dogs that are in severe distress, but the good news is, is that the majority of the dogs are in fairly good shape and should be out on the adoption floor very soon.
Fecht was astounded by the outpouring of support from the Cheyenne community. This morning alone, over 2,500 pounds of dog food was brought in, including 600 pounds from a single donor. However, the shelter can always use more. Fecht said that they normally like to house somewhere between 80 and 85 dogs and with yesterdays rescues, they are 20 to 30 dogs over where they'd like to be. He says that he's hoping to see more foster families help them out. Ideally, he says that he hopes around 20 dogs get taken out temporarily by foster families to help the overcrowding.
And despite all the sad news surrounding this story, some good news came out today. Julie Feiner of Los Angles, California had her dogs stolen from her 5 years ago by Kimi Peck. Yesterday she learned of what was happening with Peck surrendering her dogs and immediately flew into Denver and drove to Cheyenne. Today, after 5 years, she got to hold her dogs again. While they'll still need some medical attention, Feiner is over the moon about having her dogs back again. She says that they will never want for anything ever again.