22 Animals, Some Emaciated And Sick, Removed From Casper Home

As authorities in Casper investigate a case of animal hording in a local home, the 22 animals taken from it last week are rehabilitating at an animal shelter. Some of them were emaciated and sick.

Dale Killingbeck

December 12, 20232 min read

Twenty-two animals taken from a north Casper home are rehabilitating at the Metro Animal Shelter.
Twenty-two animals taken from a north Casper home are rehabilitating at the Metro Animal Shelter. (Dale Killingbeck, Cowboy State Daily)

CASPER — A hoard of 22 animals removed from a local home last week, some emaciated and sick, continue to recover at a Casper animal shelter.

The animals — 13 dogs ranging in age from 8 weeks to adults, seven kittens and cats, one rabbit and a chicken — were rescued from a house on Blue Sage Lane on Dec. 6, according to a joint statement from the Casper Police Department and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

Animal protection officers responded to a request for a welfare check and discovered the large number of animals, some in bad condition. Sheriff’s office deputies helped remove the animals.

“In total, 22 animals were rescued and transported to be evaluated and receive care by a veterinarian,” the statement says.

“They are in rehabilitation at Metro Animal Services,” said Amber Freestone, a spokesperson for the shelter. “They are currently not available for adoption.”

She said criminal charges related to alleged animal neglect have been presented to the district attorney. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office told Cowboy State Daily on Monday that she was not sure the case had been assigned.

Casper Police Lt. Scott Jones credited animal protection officers for their work on the case.

“Their extensive training was utilized in assessing the situation, investigating leads, authoring a search warrant, and acting quickly to rescue these animals and get them emergency veterinary care,” he said in the joint statement.

Dale Killingbeck can be reached at dale@cowboystatedaily.com.

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Dale Killingbeck


Killingbeck is glad to be back in journalism after working for 18 years in corporate communications with a health system in northern Michigan. He spent the previous 16 years working for newspapers in western Michigan in various roles.