Community helps rescue animals during Colorado floods

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WELD COUNTY, Colo. -- Hundreds of livestock had to be rescued in Weld and Larimer Counties because of this week's devastating flooding.

Dozens ended up at the Larimer County Fair Grounds in Loveland and the rest have been taken in by local farmers and ranchers in the community who want to help those in need.

Rick Walston is one of those guys. He has a farm in Nun, Colorado and is voluntarily taking in several animals who need a dry home.

"We have a horse barns with indoor stalls. They'll be out of the weather, where we can feed them and keep them warm," Walston said.

Flooding conditions on the Eastern Plains have left many livestock stranded.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office voluntarily rescued dozens of animals from dangerous flooding conditions and brought them to their holding pens in Greeley.

"Those people are angels. They are angels, they have been wading up to their chest deep in water to get horses out," said Gayle Patterson, who works with the Sheriff's Office.

Patterson not only volunteers with the office, but she was also forced to bring her own horses into the pens.

"My house in Evans was underwater quite a bit," Patterson said.

As the rain poured down, Patterson worried about where her horses would get long-term care. That's until Walston decided to take Patterson's horses as well.

"They don't even know me, but love me and took my animals in," Patterson said.

It's a blessing for many like Patterson who have had to experience so much devastation.

"They just came down and donated their barn so my horses are warm. I really, really, really appreciate it," she said.

The Weld Sheriff's Office works with the Weld County Animal Response Team to provide care and supplies for the animals. They receive grants from Homeland Security and Citizens Corp to purchase equipment and supplies to help animals during disasters.