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Dog at large kills livestock animals
On June 12, 2018, at approximately 6:27 pm, An Animal Control Officer with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1800 block of Dilmont Avenue, east of Greeley, on a report of animals being neglected.

When the Animal Control Officer arrived at the residence, he was not able to contact anyone at the residence, but the animals, two dogs that may be part wolf, did not appear to be neglected. It was later found that the owner of the residence, Joseph Givan was confined in the Weld County North Jail Complex. Animal Control found that there was no one currently caring for the dogs and worked with Givan’s family to ensure that there was an active care plan for the dogs. The dogs were given fresh food and water and it was verified that they had adequate shelter. The Veterinarian who cares for the animals was contacted and stated that the dogs are registered as German Shepherds, but may be part wolf.

On June 14, 2018, at approximately 8:29 am, An Animal Control Officer responded to the 1800 block of Dilmont Avenue, on a report of a white dog at large. One of the dogs had escaped from the fenced yard and was loose in the area.

Animal Control Officer spoke with the caretaker and verified that the remaining dog was being cared for. It was observed the dog had sufficient water and food.
The Animal Control Officer canvassed the area attempting to find the dog but was unable to locate it.

On June 17, 2018, two Animal Control Officers devoted over 9 hours to finding the dog after it was reported that it had killed another dog in the neighborhood. The dog was seen several times and attempts to contain the animal failed. Animal Control Officer attempted to tranquilize the dog but were unsuccessful.

On June 18, 2018, Animal Control Officers devoted approximately 5 hours to finding the dog. Animal Control Officers successfully hit the dog with 3 tranquilizer darts but the dog was not phased. Animal Control Officers were unable to contain the animal. Traps were left in the area in an attempt to contain the animal another way.

On June 19, 2018, at approximately 2:13 pm, Animal Control Officer responded to the 3000 block of East 18th Street, east of, Greeley, on a report that the dog that killed a lamb.

When the Animal Control Officer arrived, it was learned a white dog had gotten into a nearby property and killed three lambs. The home owner shot and killed the dog in an effort to protect his livestock. Based on statements from the neighbors, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office believes that the dog that was killed is most likely the same dog that had escaped from the 1800 block of Dilmont Avenue on June 14, 2018.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is still actively working this incident and are working to determine if any criminal charges will be issued. No further information will be released at this time.