Denver Family Loses Effort to Save Beloved Companion; Memorial Gathering at Denver Dog Pound Planned
On August 5, 2008, a hearing officer employed by the city of Denver deemed "Coco," the beloved companion of Desiree Arnold and family, a "pit bull" under the city's pit bull extermination law.
Doug Kelley, director of the Animal Control and Care Division for the City of Denver, has refused requests to allow Coco to be removed from Denver and to be taken in by another loving family. Kelley insists that Coco must die. Ms. Arnold expects Coco to be killed today.
Ms. Arnold and others will gather at the Municipal Animal Shelter at 678 S. Jason Street at 4:00 p.m. today to hold a brief memorial for Coco.
UPDATE: Sadly, CoCo was euthanized on August 6, 2006 by the City of Denver - a heinous act.
It’s too late for Coco, and thousands of dogs just like her that have been seized and euthanized solely because of what they “look” like – not because of anything they’ve done wrong.