We first brought this story to you on Friday night about 28 Shih Tzus that were dropped off at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter in very bad condition. Citations have been filed against the owner, whose name has not been released yet, accusing her of animal cruelty and neglect. The good news about all of this is that the community has responded very quickly and in a helpful way to make sure these dogs are given the proper care.
Secretary of State Max Maxfield, who is also President of the Shelter's board of directors, along with many others have devoted their attention to taking care of the dogs. They spent much of Friday night and all day Saturday working on the dogs, trying to get them ready for adoption. Unfortunately, the owner still has to give approval for their adoption and she's currently in the hospital. The dogs were dropped off by a family member. The shelter is ready to put up a fight if the owner refuses to hand them over.
Since Friday night, many in the community have stepped up to help. Cheyenne resident Sandi Foster, who has seven Shih Tzus, spent hours on Saturday helping to groom the dogs. In addition to people coming in to help, nearly eleven hundred dollars has also been donated.
If you'd like to help, the shelter has set up a fund just for these dogs. Checks can be made-out to the shelter -- just write 'Shih Tzu' or 'abused dogs' on the memo line. The shelter is also looking for people to be put on its adoption wish list. You can do that by calling or stopping by the shelter.
Call 307-632-6655 or visit them at 800 Southwest Drive if you'd like to assist.