Officers investigating dog shooting; no decision yet
June 5, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Sheriff's Office animal control officer Cindy DelValle said Friday that she still is collecting statements from people in the reported dog shooting in Yampa.
DelValle said she has two statements completed and expects to get five more Monday. She said she wants all the statements before she makes any decisions or issues any reports in the case.
The dog's owner, Oak Creek resident Joshua Flaharty, reported that his 3-year-old English boxer, Mr. Bubbles, was shot in a field outside of Yampa on May 29.
On Friday, a woman who answered the phone at the home of the man who reportedly shot the dog said the suspect would not make any statements until the investigation is concluded. The man has not been charged with any crime, so the Steamboat Pilot & Today is not releasing his name.
DelValle said the law allows ranchers to shoot a dog if they think they, their livestock, domestic animals, children or property are in harm's way. Flaharty, 22, has said there were no livestock near where Mr. Bubbles was shot.