A 59-year-old Greeley man was arrested last week, after purposely abandoning two puppies on the side of a Weld County road.

On Saturday, July 11, the Weld County Sheriff's Office Strike Team obtained trail camera footage from an area in unincorporated Weld County, east of Milliken. The footage showed a man leaving two puppies on the side of the road at approximately 11 a.m. that day. Temperatures reached over 95 degrees on Saturday, and the puppies were left without any water, food or shelter.

At one point in the afternoon, one of the puppies was almost run over by a delivery truck. The puppies remained on the side of the road until they were picked up by a passing motorist around 6 p.m.

The trail cam footage captured the man's vehicle and investigators were able to search the license plate in order to determine his identity.

On Wednesday, July 15, deputies arrested Brian Moss on suspicion of two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, and one count of littering. He was booked into the Weld County Jail and released on a $2,000 bond.


Moss admitted to abandoning the puppies in an interview with deputies prior to his arrest. Furthermore, he agreed that the puppies would have died had the good Samaritan passing by not saved them.

According to the sheriff's office, Moss does have a hearing date set yet. The deadline for the filing of formal charges by the Weld District Attorney's Office is July 27.

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