Nineteen of the 21 purebred Springer Spaniels seized from a Cheyenne property back in June will be put up for adoption starting Monday, according to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

The shelter announced late Friday that Animal Control has requested hoarding charges be dropped against the owner, but spokeswoman Tiffany Logan said they couldn't release the individual's name.

Many of the dogs -- who range in age from six months to 10 years -- were injured and in poor health when they arrived at the shelter almost five months ago, and two of them died due to severe medical conditions.

The shelter says it has cost them $146,373 to care for the spaniels, roughly $7,500 per dog.

"When we receive large hoarding cases it exhausts resources," said Director of Operations Chelsey Fletcher. "At times we have no other option than to request charges be dropped due to the expense and lack of space."

Due to the expense of the hoarding case, the adoption fees for the spaniels will be higher than usual. The shelter expects $3,920 in adoption fees for the dogs, making their total loss in the case $142,453.

"Hoarding doesn't just hurt the animals involved, it hurts the entire community," said Animal Control Officer Ryan Johnson. "We would like to encourage everyone to be vigilant and immediately report any acts of animal cruelty to us by calling (307) 278-2012."

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