“This is honestly the worst case I’ve seen in my 26 years on the force,” a local Denver police officer R. Cristy said. “It was like something out of a sick slasher flick.”
When police entered the home of Denver woman Marleen Puzak last fall, they couldn’t believe what they discovered. After several local residents made formal complaints about the smell coming from her property, police officers paid Ms. Puzak a visit.
They discovered thirty-five french bulldogs living in horrific conditions with feces and urine stains all over the home.
But, when they looked in her freezer in the garage, that’s when things took a turn for the worse.
Inside, they found twelve dead french bulldogs, frozen and preserved. And some of them had been horrifically tortured before they died!
Here’s the story per the Denver Channel:
A Colorado woman who was charged with over a dozen counts of animal abuse after police found the cadavers of twelve dogs inside of her Denver home last fall was sentenced Thursday for the crime.
Marleen Elizabeth Puzak pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to three years supervised mental health probation, according to a spokesperson from the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Puzak was also banned from owning animals following the gruesome discovery that led police to remove nearly three dozen animals back in August of 2017.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office also said Puzak agreed to allow law enforcement, probation officials, animal control or any other animal welfare agency to enter and inspect “any premises or property in any jurisdiction where she may be residing or visiting… to ensure she is not around, posses or own any animals.”
Restitution was reserved for later court determination, the Denver DA’s Office said.
And here’s some details from a former neighbor of Ms. Puzak’s, courtesy of Westword:
In 2008, I got married and moved into a house in the quiet Harvey Park neighborhood in southwest Denver. One of the neighbors on my block was an odd woman with a penchant for French bulldogs; she had a few too many to be on the legal side of dog ownership in Denver, but they were small and quiet, and I didn’t think much of it. At the time, she had six dogs.
Last month, police investigators and Denver Animal Protection officers found 35 dogs living inside Puzak’s house and another twelve canine carcasses stored in two freezers. According to the arrest affidavit, the discovery was made after a complaint in early July from a friend of Puzak’s stating that she’d noticed the “odor of feces and urine on Ms. Puzak’s person, her dogs, and her car” when meeting her at a nearby park.
How much time would you have given her?
Do you think probation was enough?