Resort owner faces horse neglect charges
November 19, 2011
GYPSUM, Colo. – An owner of a remote western Colorado resort faces criminal has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals over allegations of neglected horses.
The (Grand Junction) Sentinel reports that 63-year-old Larry Gene Parks was arrested last week. The investigation began Nov. 1 when the U.S. Forest Service notified the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department about several underfed and possibly sick horses at the Budge’s Flattops Wilderness Lodge. The lodge is just outside Gypsum.
A week later, the Colorado Department of Agriculture notified Eagle County authorities about potential neglected horses near Gypsum. The property caretaker told investigators the horses belonged to Parks.
Parks is free on bond and next scheduled to appear in court Nov. 30.