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New DA will add new Animal Cruelty Unit

Two days after KRDO aired a report about a man facing criminal charges for blinding a dog by digging his thumbs into his eyes, incoming District Attorney Michael Allen announced that he is putting together a special Animal Cruelty Unit that will focus on crimes against animals.

Allen, who won the position in the 4th Judicial District after the primary election in early 2020 but only took office recently, said establishing the unit is one of his top priorities and is a unique addition for Colorado.

"I don't know of any other large DA's office in the state that has an animal cruelty unit," he said Thursday.

Allen's primary reason for creating that new unit was not necessarily his respect for animals, but his respect for humans.

"There's an undeniable link between people who are willing to commit crimes on animals, with their willingness to also commit crimes against people," he explained.

According to Allen, one example of that is Patrick Frazee.

Frazee was convicted in 2019 of brutally murdering Woodland Park mother Kelsey Berreth, whose body was never found, but is believed to have been burned at Frazee's ranch following a fatal beating inside her condo in late 2018.

Prior to his trial, attorneys filed several motions over whether that evidence of animal cruelty could be presented.

The goal of the new unit, however, is not just to help with prosecution, but prevention.

"If you stop it at the animals, that's good, right? it's preventing future violent action against a person hopefully."

Other priorities for Allen are revamping the homicide unit to make sure the office is prepared to take on high profile cases, and also to increase transparency in response to more demands for accountability by the public.

Bart Bedsole

Bart is the evening anchor for KRDO. Learn more about Bart here.

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  1. So CSPD can’t even respond to break ins if the person has left and encourages online reporting for a lot of crimes. I think we need to make people the priority. How about the sex trafficking and the massage parlors with happy endings. Domestic violence and helping abused children and working to prevent that. I love animals but to prioritize them over humans is wrong.

    1. Did you read the article or just the headline?
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      “The goal of the new unit, however, is not just to help with prosecution, but prevention.

      “If you stop it at the animals, that’s good, right? it’s preventing future violent action against a person hopefully.”

      Other priorities for Allen are revamping the homicide unit to make sure the office is prepared to take on high profile cases, and also to increase transparency in response to more demands for accountability by the public.”
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      I’m optimistic that we finally have a DA who cares more about justice and punishing lawbreakers than our previous spineless DA. Let’s give him some time and see how he works out.

  2. Well duh. Animal control has a crimes unit, but the system has no teeth. Starving horses to death, putting your thumbs in a puppy’s eyes and blinding them results in a misdemeanor charge is BS and then you get to have animals again to continue the sickness.

    Its not a CSPD thing. Animal cruelty is the base offense for child abuse and domestic violence. Its about damned time these creeps get some consequences for the sick things they do to animals, then children, then adults who can’t defend themselves and are dependent on us to protect them. KUDOS! long past due.

    1. KUDOS! YES! ^^^What he said! Let’s show some support for – finally – a DA who says he will make some long-needed reforms to our very poorly run DA office. Give him a chance.

  3. Patrick Frazee is a classic example of an animal abuser who worked his way up to a murderer.

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