A Denver woman faces animal cruelty charges after dozens of dogs were rescued from her residence. Many of the animals will go up for adoption this weekend.
Marleen Elizabeth Puzak, 58, was charged July 31 with 35 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor and 12 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, according to the Denver district attorney’s office.
After receiving complaint July 3 about dogs kept in poor conditions, an investigator went to Puzak’s home, 2125 S. Irving St., according to an arrest affidavit.
An animal protection officer noted the odor of dog urine and feces was present at a distance of 8 feet from the residence. A pair of shoes on the front porch were covered in dog feces.
Granted a search warrant July 7, an investigator went to the home and had to don protective gear before entering. Once inside, the investigator found 35 dogs, some roaming the house and others in crates. Fecal matter was encrusted on surfaces throughout the home.
A dozen dog cadavers were found in freezers at the residence, the affidavit said.
Surviving animals were seized and removed from the home for their well-being.
On Saturday, some of the dogs, including about two dozen French bulldogs, will be put up for adoption at the Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave.