A Colorado animal sanctuary reported this month a Greeley area resident was evicted from a rented property in unincorporated Weld County in late March, nearly two months after the discovery of animal carcasses amid dozens of living farm animals kept in poor conditions on the F Street land.
In an April 1 Facebook post, Denkai Animal Sanctuary in Yellow Jacket wrote Greeley resident Halina Morley was evicted as of March 31 from the property in the 5400 block of F Street.
Weld County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joe Moylan said in an email Friday the department planned to serve Morley with an eviction notice and move animals to temporary locations, but Morley left the property before the sheriff’s office arrived with the document, known as a writ of restitution.
Morley in late February was served with an order by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to surrender deceased livestock for evaluative and diagnostic testing, according to a release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office and state officials at the time removed the dead animals and collected multiple excrement samples from live members of the herd. Those samples and the carcasses were to be sent to Colorado State University to test for the presence of infectious disease.
Denkai wrote in the April 1 Facebook post it has not heard from the state department of agriculture on the test results from the dead animals and the samples.
On Jan. 31, Weld County animal control officers responded to the F Street location after reports that several farm animals were sharing a pen with carcasses. The report added the live animals were being neglected and not receiving adequate food, water or shelter.
Morley owns a unit in the Friendly Village Trailer Park on 35th Avenue in Greeley, according to the Office of the Weld County Assessor. The F Street land is owned by Mary C. and Natalie Stevens, also according to the assessor’s office.
The property owner filed to evict Morley in early November, but the eviction was in the process of being appealed, according to online court records. Eventually, the property owner contacted Floss Blackburn, the founder and president of Denkai, for assistance on how to help the animals.
An in-person permanent restraining order hearing involving Morley and Mary Stevens is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at the Weld County Courthouse, according to online court records.