Justice for Dog Found Nearly Dead From Starvation

Target: Beth McCann, District Attorney for Denver County, Colorado

Goal: Demand the maximum penalty for the owner of a dog who was allegedly starved.

A Denver resident, Tyler Hicks, has been charged with animal cruelty after he surrendered his boxer at a veterinary clinic in North Denver. He had claimed that the dog had been vomiting and had been too sick to eat for weeks. Medical evaluations found that the emaciated dog weighed only 35 pounds– about half of what a dog his size should weigh. Further tests concluded that the dog was otherwise healthy in spite of his extremely malnourished state. His condition was so severe that vets reported that he was “barely hanging on.”

Over the next several days, veterinarians at the clinic worked around the clock to get his appetite back to a normal level. The dog, now named “Spartan” is under the care of a local boxer rescue to ensure that his condition improves so that he can await a new home once he is back to his ideal weight.

We must demand justice for this innocent dog. Even if the owner’s claims that the dog had been too sick to hold down food are true, there is no excuse for having waited so long for veterinary intervention. It is shocking that this dog’s condition was allowed to deteriorate for so long. If medical care had been given sooner, it is unlikely that the dog would have ever been in such an emaciated and weakened state. If the dog was in fact basically healthy, as the tests conducted would seem to indicate, then it is obvious that the owner failed to provide adequate food, which is a potential felony under Colorado aggravated animal cruelty laws.

Please sign this petition to demand that the owner face the maximum penalty by law if found guilty, and that he be prevented from owning animals in the future.


Dear Ms. McCann,

A dog was recently surrendered at a veterinary clinic in North Denver by his owner, Tyler Hicks. This dog, a boxer now named Spartan, was so emaciated that his rib cage and hip bones clearly protruded. Veterinarians found that the dog weighed just 35 pounds, when a dog of his size should weigh around 60 pounds or more. The owner claimed that the dog had been sick and could not hold down food, but there is no excuse for allowing a dog to deteriorate to this state.

Veterinarians have been unable to find any indication that the dog is sick or vomiting, which casts doubt on the owner’s story. If it is indeed found that the owner was neglectful and starved his dog, he must be punished and prevented from keeping animals in the future. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek the maximum penalties under law if Mr. Hicks is indeed found guilty of neglecting this innocent animal.


‘[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Vicki Mitchell

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  1. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Starve his bitchass❗?
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