DENVER - An animal shelter in Cheyenne, Wyo. confirmed Friday afternoon that Kimi Peck, an accused animal hoarder from California, has agreed to surrender 53 dogs to authorities.
She kept four dogs with her.
Peck had 57 dogs in a house trailer she was pulling with a truck.
Bob Fecht, CEO of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, said that last week animal control officers cited Peck for not having proof of rabies vaccinations for her dogs.
The shelter had received a call from someone who recognized Peck's vehicle from the "Where on earth is animal hoarder Kimi Peck" Facebook page.
"At the time, the trailer these animals were housed in appeared to our animal control officer to be in reasonable or fair condition," Fecht said. "When she took 21 of the animals in to be vaccinated, for two or three of the animals, the vet had some concerns."
The veterinarian at Frontier Veterinary Clinic contacted the shelter with their concerns. Sgt. Debbie Lee from the shelter responded on the call and found Peck in the clinic parking lot with the dogs.
"This entire time, she's always maintained that she was taking the dogs to a rescue of some kind," Fecht said. "We were never able to verify that. She named a rescue [group], but we were unable to verify the name or location of the rescue. That played into her eventually agreeing to surrender the dogs."
One dog, a Great Pyrenees, was having difficulty breathing, Fecht said. Two other dogs, Chihuahuas, may have fractured jaws, but Fecht was not certain about their conditions.
Peck's current residence is unknown. The caller who initially contacted the shelter was calling from a Walmart parking lot in Cheyenne.
Fecht said that the shelter will probably ask other local shelters to help them care for and house the dogs until they are healthy and adoptable.
"We have a high adoption rate here," Fecht said. "We're putting out ads that we'd like families to foster them."
Animal activists from California began calling 7NEWS in April, warning that Peck had left the West Coast because "she had nowhere else to go," and that they believed she had moved to Weld County in Colorado.
Peck was evicted from at least two different homes in California, according to sister-station KERO-TV in Bakersfield. KERO reported on neighbors complaining about multiple dead dogs found in a pool on a property owned and abandoned by Peck.
If you would like to foster or adopt an animal, contact the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.