By WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE
Cheyenne Animal Control officers took custody of 53 dogs Friday from alleged animal hoarder Kimi Peck.
Peck, formerly of Tehachapi, relinquished the dogs voluntarily after officers found indications of neglect.
"I was happy to do it," Peck said.
Peck was transporting 57 dogs in a trailer. Animal Control allowed her to keep four dogs.
"The law here in Cheyenne says you can have up to four pets," said Debbie Lee, a supervisor with Cheyenne Animal Control.
Last week, Peck received 55 citations for not having proper rabies certificates.
At that time, the dogs were found to be "well-watered, not in distress and not one piece of feces could be found," said Bob Fecht, director of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
That was not the case Friday.
"The condition of the trailer (Peck was using to transport the dogs) has deteriorated," Fecht said.
Animal Control was called to the Frontier Veterinary Clinic Friday after Peck attempted to get rabies vaccinations for 21 dogs.
"After the vet staff closely examined each animal, it was determined that the overall health of a number of the dogs was poor," Katie Emmons with the Cheyenne Animal Shelter said in a news release.
Peck is well known in California and Colorado for alleged dog hoarding. Her movements have been tracked by anonymous individuals who started a Facebook page in mid-April called "Where on earth is animal hoarder Kimi Peck?" She is due to appear in court next week for the 55 vaccination citations. She was not issued any additional citations Friday.
"We normally don't cite people if they turn in their pets voluntarily," Fecht said.
Peck will not be allowed to take back ownership of the 53 dogs, Fecht said.
Court records show Peck has a lengthy history of charges related to animal welfare, mostly in California.
In 2010, she reportedly operated a dog rescue in Tehachapi, but it was shut down by Kern County officials. The local chapter of the Humane Society took in 150 of Peck's dogs.
Peck said the dogs seized Friday by Animal Control were being transported to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.
Calls to that organization were not returned.
-- The Californian staff contributed to this report.