Boulder woman arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty

Dog treated for broken legs, burns

BOULDER, Colo. - A 24-year-old Boulder woman was arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges after investigators said she failed to get veterinary treatment for a 3-month-old puppy that had broken legs and burns.

According to police, the staff at South Boulder Animal Hospital called them on Oct. 29 on a report of a dog suffering from possible animal cruelty that had been brought into their facility for treatment. 

Officers found a 3-month-old French bulldog with both of its hind legs broken and third-degree burns covering 50 percent of his stomach.  Caitlin Lesko claimed the dogs legs were injured before she purchased it and admitted she burned the puppy by placing it too close to a heater to keep it warm, police said. While she initially sought treatment for the broken legs, Lesko told police she could not afford veterinary care for the burns and refused treatment. 

She surrendered the puppy to police on Nov. 2, 2013. 

On Thursday, Lesko was arrested on suspicion of aggravated animal cruelty and cruelty to animals with neglect or mistreatment.  She is free on bond and due back in court on Dec. 5.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Animal Control Supervisor Janee Boswell at 303-441-4385. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.

Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers. 

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