WATKINS, Colo. (CBS4)– The man who admitted to keeping more than 100 Havanese dogs at his home in Watkins has been charged with animal cruelty charges.
Richard Pilicer has been charged with 13 counts of criminally negligent animal cruelty in connection with authorities taking more than 100 dogs from his home on July 9.
Pilicer told CBS4’s Suzanne McCarroll, “I am so ashamed. It was from love not cruelty that I have all these puppies.”
Each dog was covered with more than a pound of feces, mud and urine. They had to be shaved after being confiscated from Pilicer’s home.
Veterinarians who examined the dogs said they were not malnourished but very dirty and living in filthy conditions.
The dogs being cared for by Adams County Animal Control and the Dumb Friends League are available for adoption.
Pilicer was served with the citations on Wednesday by the Adams County Animal Control. He is set to appear in court on August 14.