Man faces animal cruelty charges in Adams County Havanese dogs case

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A 63-year-old Adams County man is charged with animal cruelty in a case involving 118 Havanese dogs confiscated earlier this month.

Richard Pilicer faces 13 counts of criminally negligent animal cruelty, according to the Adams County District Attorney's Office.  He was served with the citations by Adams County Animal Control on Wednesday.

The dogs were confiscated from his property on July 9. Half were taken to the Adams County Animal Shelter and the rest were taken to the Denver Dumb Friends League for medical and behavioral evaluations.

Since then, some of the dogs have been adopted. Others are still being cared for at the two shelters.

Pilicer is due in court on Aug. 14.  He was identified as an unlicensed Havanese breeder.

"I think he just felt that the situation got out of control and it was just too much for him to handle," Assistant Adams County Administrator Ruth Kedzior said after the dogs were confiscated.

Sixty of the dogs were taken to the Adams County Animal Shelter, while the remainder went to the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street Shelter.