UPDATE July 19th – The dogs and cats rescued on Wednesday have been surrendered and will officially be available for adoption at Metro Animal Shelter on Thursday, July 25th. Cats remain free, Dogs are $50 with the refundable $100 spay/neuter fee. Metro Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
The Casper Police Department rescued forty-two dogs, fourteen cats, eight exotic birds, and one chicken through a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.
After receiving multiple animal-related complaints concerning the residence located on the 1200 block of West 23rd Street in Casper, Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant.
Upon entering the home, officers found a larger than expected number of animals living in unsanitary conditions. Over twenty Casper Police Officers, Animal Protection Officers, and Community Service Officers along with multiple Casper Fire Department officials arrived. Many of those aiding in the rescue wore hazmat suits. Officials worked for nearly nine hours to rescue all 63 animals from the home.
“The work done by all members of the Casper Police Department and partnering agencies yesterday was truly remarkable,” said Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd. “Officers worked tirelessly for hours to rescue these animals.”
The animals were transported to Metro Animal Shelter for safe temporary housing and care. Officials at the shelter worked well into the evening to in-take all of the animals.
The animals rescued are not currently available for adoption due to the ongoing investigation.
“The public outreach we’ve received last night and today has been incredible and we are grateful for it,” said Metro Animal Shelter Manager Tory Walsh. “Metro Animal Shelter would like to express our appreciation to the folks that have visited us today to bring donations, adopt animals, walk dogs and discuss further ways they could help. Yesterday, we had 152 animals in our care and received another 65 confiscated animals from a hoarding situation into the evening. Much of our time has been spent today with questions we don’t have answers for; we are caring for these confiscated animals as evidence at the request of the CPD. We all need to be patient and allow the courts to hear the case; the animals are safe and secure now. Municipal Court Staff is working diligently to expedite this case and we are all eager for an outcome. Again, thank you all for your compassion toward these animals.”
The Casper Police Department would like to thank all organizations involved in this successful rescue operation.
How to Help
The best and most effective way to help in this situation is to adopt the animals that are currently available for adoption at Metro Animal Shelter.
Right now there is no adoption fee for cats. Dogs have a $50 adoption fee along with a refundable $100 spay and neuter deposit. All dogs come with a pre-registered microchip, their first set of vaccinations and a city license. Dogs that have been at the shelter for at least thirty days have no adoption fee.
If you are unable to adopt a pet, the shelter asks those looking to help to donate the following items:
– Canned cat and/or kitten food
– Red Flannel cat food (can be purchased at Noland’s)
– Nutrena Loyall adult maintenance dog food (can be purchased at Noland’s)
– Dish sponges
– Heartland wood pellets (can be purchased at Sutherland’s)
– Dog/cat treats
Items can be dropped off at Metro Animal Shelter during normal business hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Another way to help is by sponsoring an adoptable animal. To sponsor an animal, interested individuals can pay for the adoption fee, spay/neuter costs, and vaccinations to help make the animal more marketable for adoption. If you are interested in sponsoring an animal, please contact Metro Animal Shelter at (307) 235-8398.
The Casper Police Department in partnership with Metro Animal Shelter would like to sincerely thank the community of Casper for their support in rescuing and taking care of these animals. It is our honor to serve all members of this community.