“This is honestly the worst case I’ve seen in my 26 years on the force,” local Denver police officer R. Cristy said. “It was like something out of a sick slasher flick. And to think that this pretty young woman was behind it, it’s just crazy.”
In 2008, a young woman graduated college and got married. She and her husband moved into a house in the quiet Harvey Park neighborhood in southwest Denver.
“One of the neighbors on my block was an odd girl with a penchant for French bulldogs,” the woman said. “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.”
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.
Police investigators and Denver Animal Protection officers found 35 dogs living inside Puzak’s house. According to the arrest affidavit, the discovery was made after a friend of Puzak’s told police she’d noticed the “odor of feces and urine on Ms. Puzak’s person, and then also from outside her home.”
They discovered thirty-five french bulldogs living in horrific conditions with feces and urine stains all over the beautiful house.
But, when the police looked in her freezer in the garage, that’s when things took a turn for the worse…