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Case ID: 18863
Classification: Hoarding, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011

County: Montrose

Disposition: Convicted

» Bridget Gallegos
» Julian Gallegos

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

15 cats were rescued earlier this week out of a mobile home in Montrose after two people are arrested for 15 counts of animal cruelty charges. Julian and Bridget Gallegos were both arrested after Montrose animal control responded to a call at 1309 East Main Street in Montrose.

When they entered the residence, they found 15 cats in what they described as "deplorable conditions."

All of the cats were treated at a local veterinarian's office. Of the fifteen cats, five were released to Second Chance Humane and four more released to Angels with Paws. Both organizations will continue the treatment and rehabilitation for the abandoned cats so that they can find a new home for the felines.

The other six cats were not so lucky and had to be euthanized by the veterinarian.

Penalties for a single cruelty to animal charge is a fine up to $1,000 and potential jail time.

Case Updates

The Montrose couple from whom 17 sick cats were seized have been ordered to pay restitution and cannot now keep more than two cats.

Julian and Bridget Gallegos were cited in November under the municipal code with multiple counts of cruelty-lack of adequate shelter and lack of adequate veterinary care.

They pleaded no-contest earlier this month to one count of cruelty.

Managers at the mobile home park from which the Gallegoses had been evicted alerted authorities to the presence of several cats inside their former residence. Animal control officers found 15 cats, and, on another visit, two more.

Conditions in the trailer were filthy and unhealthy, officials said.

The cats were suffering from a variety of ailments, including upper respiratory infections, which required a lengthy treatment regimen. Most were taken by Ridgway's Second Chance Humane Society and Angels With Paws on the Front Range - but six cats had to be put down.
Source: - Dec 23, 2011
Update posted on Dec 23, 2011 - 11:22AM 
Montrose couple accused of abandoning several cats have since been hit with two more animal cruelty charges.

Earlier this month, Julian and Bridget Gallegos were cited into municipal court on 15 counts of animal cruelty-failure to provide adequate shelter and veterinary care.

They allegedly left 15 cats behind when they were evicted from their trailer home on East Main Street. Mobile home park managers found the cats, most of which were trapped inside the home and in dire medical condition.

Animal control officers found two more cats in the trailer during a follow-up visit and added two more counts of animal cruelty to the allegations against the Gallegoses, said Officer Mike Duncan, animal services supervisor.
Source: - Nov 18, 2011
Update posted on Nov 18, 2011 - 9:35AM 


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