REPORT ABUSE/Contact Numbers

Colorado State Law: A person commits cruelty to animals if he knowingly or with criminal negligence overdrives, overloads, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, unnecessarily or cruelly beats, needlessly mutilates, needlessly kills, carries in or upon any vehicles in a cruel or reckless manner, or otherwise mistreats or neglects any animal, or causes or procures it to be done, or having the charge and custody of any animal, fails to provide it with proper food, drink, protection from the weather, or abandons it. (CRS 1973, 18-9-202)

Note: It may take more than one call to Animal Control or the Sheriff’s Dept. to get a response on an animal cruelty case. Please don’t give up–call back if the authorities have not checked on the neglected horse. You can ask for a case number and also ask to be informed when the welfare check has been completed. Also report the incident to the Bureau of Animal Protection at 303-239-4163. If you have questions, asking for advice from a horse rescue is a good option.

State Vet’s Office: 303-239-4166    Bureau of Animal Protection: 303-239-4163
Crime Stoppers Animal Abuse Program: For anonymous reporting call 720-913-STOP (7867).
Colorado Humane Society (1-800-249-5121) services the following counties:
Alamosa, Bent, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Elbert, Fremont, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jackson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, Las Animas, Lincoln, Mineral, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, Sedgwick, Summit, Washington, Weld, Yuma.
Contact Colorado Humane at or 1-800-249-5121.
Colorado Humane has partnered with Crime Stoppers Animal Abuse Program. You can make an anonymous report of cruelty, negligence or abuse by calling 720-913-STOP (7867).

Colorado Horse Rescues: See Below

Adams County: Adams County Animal Control – 303-288-3294, 303-288-1535
City of Thornton – 720-977-5250, 720-977-5257, 720-977-5253
Adams/Jefferson Counties: Arvada Animal Control – 720-898-6850
Arapahoe County Animal Control: 720-874-6750
Arvada Animal Management: 720-898-6850
Aurora Animal Control: 303-361-0890, 303-326-8280, 720-939-3581
Bennett Animal Control: 303-644-3249
Boulder County Animal Control: Dispatch – 303-441-4444  Boulder County Sheriff’s Office: 303-441-3650
Humane Society of Boulder Valley: 303-442-4030, ext. 677
Longmont Police Dept.: 303-651-8555
Brighton City Animal Control: 303-655-2300
Broomfield City & County Animal Control: 303-438-6400
Castle Rock Animal Control: 303-663-6100
Centennial City Animal Control: 720-874-6750
Clear Creek County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Commerce City Animal Control: 303-288-1535
Cripple Creek Police Dept.: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Delta County: Delta Animal Control: 970-874-7676
Denver City & County Animal Control: 303-698-0800
Denver Dumb Friends League: 303-923-0022
Denver Municipal Shelter: 303-698-0076
Douglas County Animal Control: 303-841-2332 (Parker)
Humane Soc. Pikes Peak Region – 303-660-7529
Eagle County Animal Control: Eagle Humane Society: 970-328-7387
Edgewater Animal Control: 303-549-5104
Elbert County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Jefferson/Douglas: Denver Dumb Friend’s League, 303-923-0022
El Paso/Douglas/Pueblo Counties:
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region: Castle Rock – 303-660-7529, 303-333-4282//Colorado Springs – 719-473-1741// El Paso County Sheriff’s Office – 719-390-5555// Calhan Police Dept. – 719-347-2586 (El Paso County)
Englewood City Animal Control: 303-762-2438
Fremont County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121,
Gilpin County Sheriff: 303-572-0750
Golden Animal Control: 303-384-8045
Grand County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Jefferson County: Jefferson County Animal Control – dispatch – 303-277-0211/ 303-271-5070 (Golden)/ 303-271-5072 /Lakewood Animal Control 303-987-7173  /303-987-7183 /303-987-7000
Wheatridge Police Dept. – 303-235-2926, 303-235-2841 /Arvada Animal Control – 720-898-6850
LaPlata County: LaPlata County Animal Control – 970-259-2847 (Durango)
Larimer County: Larimer Humane Society – 970-530-2954
Littleton Animal Control: 303-794-1551
Longmont Police Dept.: 303-651-8555
Mesa County: Fruita Police Dept. – 970-858-3008 /Mesa County Animal Services – 970-242-4646 (Grand Junction)
Park County: Intermountain Humane Society (Conifer) – 303-838-2668
Park County Sheriff – 719-836-2494, 719-836-4121
Parker Animal Control: 303.841.9800
Pitkin County: Pitkin County Sheriff – 970-920-5310, 970-948-6373
Pueblo County: Pueblo Animal Services – 719-544-3005
Rio Grande County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Routt County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Summit County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Superior Town Animal Control: 303-441-4444
Teller County: Teller County Sheriff – 719-687-9652 (Divide)
Cripple Creek Police Dept. – 719-689-2655
Thornton City Animal Control: 720-977-5250, 720-977-5257, 720-977-5253
Weld County: Contact Colorado Humane Society – 800-249-5121
Westminster City Animal Control: 303-430-2400
Wheatridge Animal Control: 303-237-2220

Colorado Horse Rescues:
At Home Horse Rescue LaSalle, CO 80645 970-576-9182

Blue Rose Rescue Ranch Springfied, CO 81073 303-796-7739

Colorado Horse Rescue Longmont, CO 719-495-1222

Denkai Animal Sanctuary Grover, CO 970-217-1457

Dreamcatchers Equine Rescue Pueblo/ Fountain, Colorado 719-382-4166

Dreampower Animal Rescue Colorado Springs, CO 719-390-7838

End of the Trail Horse Rescue Olathe, CO 970-323-5400

Equine 808 Horse Rescue Ellicott, CO 719-213-9144

Four Corners Equine Rescue Aztec, NM 505-334-7220

Front Range Equine Rescue Larkspur, Colorado 719-481-1490

Happy Haven Farm and Sanctuary Byers, Colorado 303-968-4274

Horse Protection League Arvada, CO 303-216-0141

Horses Forever Longmont, Colorado 303-651-3070

Knick O’ Time Horse Rescue Boulder, CO 303-359-2273

LASSO Horse Rescue Pagosa Springs, CO 970-264-0095

Longhopes Donkey Shelter Bennett, Colorado 303-644-5930

Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Edwards, CO 970-390-6303

Moyer Farm Animal Rescue Bennett, CO email: 303-644-3407

Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue Arvada, CO 303-424-0037

Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue Ramah, CO 719-541-3642

Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue Fort Collins, CO 970-218-6351

Spirit Wind Horse Rescue Crawford, CO 970-921-5646

Spring Creek Horse Rescue Ignacio, CO 970-884-4425

Trail of Hope Horse Rescue Sedalia, CO 303-931-4636

Triple Acres Horse Rescue Boone, Colorado 719-369-1136

Troublesome Horse Rescue Kremmling, CO 970-724-3231


3 comments on “REPORT ABUSE/Contact Numbers

  1. Roberta says:

    The laws need to be changed. I have reported my neighbors for neglect and abuse on their horses, more than I can count! They finally got a ticket for animal cruelty, but it stays the same and the sadness never ends! I’m done calling Jeffco, because its the same ol’ song and dance. I’m the bad person for harassing these people on welfare that have horses!!! REALLY!?!?!?!?


  2. Barbara Sunblade says:

    Brandi Turner, an investigator for Animals’ Angels, advises first contacting a nonprofit horse rescue when discovering a possible abuse case. The rescue can meet with the owner of the horse(s) to see if help is needed or if it is truly an abuse case. This would potentially reduce the number of calls to the Sheriff’s Department and possibly result in quicker aid to the horses.


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