Felony cruelty charge filed n Boulder puppy neglect case

BOULDER, Colo. - A 24-year-old Boulder woman is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly failing to get treatment for a 3-month-old puppy that suffered broken legs and burns.

The Daily Camera reports (http://goo.gl/8SF7U0) Caitlin Lesko was charged Thursday.

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.