Law Finally Catches Up With Woman Accused Dog Hoarding in Several States

by Melanie

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Kimi Peck, formerly of California, was arrested on animal cruelty charges in Weld County, Colorado after someone reported seeing two dogs running loose near Peck’s home, one looking very emaciated.

According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Peck has been investigated many times in several other jurisdictions, including both California and Wyoming.  All of the investigations revolve around allegations of animal hoarding, neglect and abuse.

Peck has now been booked into the Weld County North jail complex.  She is being held on $3,000 bond.

Animal control officers were dispatched to Peck’s home last week, where they found her with 57 dogs in a house trailer she was pulling with a truck according to Bob Fecht.  Fecht is the CEO of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter in Wyoming.

The shelter got a call from someone recognizing Peck’s truck. Pictures of Peck and the vehicle can be found on the “Where on Earth is Animal Hoarder Kimi Peck?” Facebook page.

When finally caught up to by authorities, Peck did agree to surrender 53 dogs to the shelter.  She was allowed to keep four of them.

Laws in Weld County prohibit keeping more than eight dogs on a single property without special licensing, and the property must be ten acres or more.  In Cheyenne, a maximum of four animals are allowed by law per property, without similar licensing and well regulated living conditions.

Animal control officers, when recovering the surrendered dogs, handed out citations for a lack of proof of vaccination for her dogs.

When RTV6’s sister news station, 7NEWS reported in April that Peck had left the West Coast because “she had nowhere else to go,” animal rights activists from California called the station to advise they believed she moved to Weld County.

In California, Peck has been evicted from at least two different rental properties.  KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California reported findings of multiple dead dogs found in a pool on property she owned.

People facing dog neglect and hoarding charges in California and Colorado can be subject to multiple, hefty fines, along with having to pay for continuing care for the animals until such a time that they can be adopted out.