Couple Surrenders In Sled Dog Abuse Case

Huskies Were Found Starving

The couple who owned more than 100 sled dogs seized after they were reportedly found starving in "deplorable conditions" has turned themselves in to face animal cruelty charges, officials said Monday.

Samuel and Diane Walker turned themselves in at the Park County Jail on Christmas Day, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office. They were released after both posted $2,000 in bail.

The Walkers were charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, and 30 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, officials said.

About 100 Huskies bred for sled racing were rescued on Dec. 16 and 17 from the Walkers' rural mountain property south of Hartsel. As many as 90 Husky and Husky-mix dogs were underweight and not properly fed, police have said. Eight of the dogs had died.

A tip to the U.S. Humane Society led to the investigation and the seizure of dogs. The dogs were dispersed to various animal shelters for treatment and rehabilitation and will be put up for adoption.