Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
During the past month, a Denver investigative news team found more than a dozen dead animals discarded in a dumpster outside the Colorado Humane Society.
The investigators first found dead animals, including dogs, cats, raccoons, and a fox, inside black trash bags on July 24. Throughout the next month, they would discover more animals dumped behind the Colorado Humane Society.
The news team hired a lab to test liver and fluid samples from two of the animals.
“The results we found would be consistent with what you would expect if an animal had been euthanized,” said Petra Hartmann with Industrial Laboratories.
One of the dogs that was found in the dumpster belonged to Jerry Mason. His dog, Sinbad, had become aggressive with one of his children, and he agreed that his dog should be put down. He brought his dog to to the Colorado Humane Society to be euthanized. But he never expected to found his dog’s body in a dumpster.
When presented with the investigation, the executive director of the Colorado Humane Society, Mary Warren, claimed she had no knowledge of any dead animals found in the dumpster outside the shelter. She said that all of the animals the shelter euthanizes are cremated and not put in a dumpster.
But two former employees of the Colorado Humane Society disagreed. They both said that Warren had told them to discard the animals in the dumpster. They said when an animal is euthanized and there is no room for it, Warren instructs them to throw it in the dumpster.
Warren responded to these allegations and said the former employees were lying, and that she had never instructed employees to discard the animals in the dumpster.
After the investigation, the shelter’s director of development, Bob Warren, admitted in an e-mail that “euthanized animals might have been mistakenly tossed into the dumpster.”
Also the new Colorado Humane Society president Madeline Duncan said: “A member of our staff made the decision to place the bodies of these two animals in our commercial trash bin. This was a mistake in judgment. We accept responsibility for the mistake. It will not be repeated.”
Mary and Bob Warren and the Colorado Humane Society have threatened to file a lawsuit pertaining to the local news investigation.
Source: The Denver Channel