Man charged with animal cruelty after bulldogs found dead

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DENVER — A 31-year-old man has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after dogs alleged to be his were found dead and in various states of starvation.

Chunie Smith was charged with three counts of animal cruelty and two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

On March 5 the Denver Animal Shelter learned of two dead American Bulldogs that had been placed in a container in the alley behind the 1500 block of Groves Street. Further investigation revealed another adult bulldog and two bulldog puppies at the same location, all severely malnourished. The charges allege the dogs belonged to Smith.

Smith was been released from custody on $1,400 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on April 22 to be formally advised of the charges against him.