DENVER, Colorado - The Kansas breeder who euthanized 1,200 dogs and puppies in
December is being questioned again, but this time in Colorado.
Last month, the state of Kansas required kennel owner Jeff
Fortin to put down 1,200 dogs after a distemper outbreak.
The outbreak was discovered after sick dogs in Wyoming were
traced back to Fortin’s kennel.
Fortin used to own three pet stores in Colorado, but only one is
still open. KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, spoke with two of
his former employees.
Loren Bengston told KUSA that Fortin used to
bring dogs to his Colorado pet stores from his Kansas kennel, and
now he's concerned about the Denver pet store Fortin still
Bengston said Fortin “doesn’t care about the dogs.
It’s all strictly a commodity to him. It’s all about
dollars and cents.”
Fortin has surrendered his breeder’s license, so he
can’t breed dogs anywhere in the United States.