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Case ID: 18873
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Eagle

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Larry Gene Parks

An owner of a remote, high-country resort has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals over allegations involving neglected horses, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Larry Gene Parks, 63, was arrested Monday after an investigation that began Nov. 1 when the U.S. Forest Service notified the Garfield County Sheriff's Office about several underfed and possibly sick horses at the Budge's Flattops Wilderness Lodge, on Forest Service Road 600 outside Gypsum. The lodge is at about 9,000 feet in elevation.

Meanwhile, on Nov. 8, the Colorado Department of Agriculture notified the Eagle County Sheriff's Office of potential neglected horses at 14533 Highway 6 near Gypsum. The property caretaker told investigators the horses belonged to Parks, who had been allowed to keep them on the property to feed them.

Authorities there seized two horses for treatment, and treated one in the field. The horses at the lodge also were removed from there but remain in Parks' care, the sheriff's office said. Parks was arrested by Garfield sheriff's deputies and immediately posted $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30.

Parks' jail booking card lists his address as being in Somerville, Tenn.

Budge's website indicates that it operates under a Forest Service permit and offers hunting, fishing, horseback riding and other guided services.


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