VIDEO: County officials host town hall to address animal protection concerns

Law enforcement officials remove horses from a barn in Black Forest after their owner, Sherri Brunzell, was cited for cruelty to animals. Sam Baranowski - FOX21 News

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn hosted a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Equine Care and Animal Protection Concerns in the Black Forest area at Kit Carson Riding Club on Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

Most of the discussion during the meeting focused on ways to establish better lines of communication between citizens, law enforcement and non-profit agencies concerned with animal protection. 

Representatives from the Colorado State Department of Agriculture, which has regulatory jurisdiction over livestock as well as the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and others provided information on current state laws and law enforcement procedures.

The El Paso County Public Information Office has posted a video recording of the entire meeting which can be viewed on the County’s You Tube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdkIKQwlt4U&list=UU_rkmrgBnMU9BrAbRWrnThg 

El Paso County Commissioners received hundreds of emails and phone calls from locations all over the world following news reports from a barn in Black Forest where a number of dead horses were found and remaining horses which appeared to be in poor health were subsequently removed by law enforcement.

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