Judge Grants Receiver, Injunction For Colorado Humane Society

DENVER -- Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office has secured a court order that will give a receiver solitary control of the Colorado Humane Society and its assets, including all its sheltered animals. The motion, which was filed in Arapahoe County Court this morning, immediately removes Mary C. Warren, Robert Warren, and Stephenie L. Gardner from their management roles with CHS, and bars them from any control of its assets.   

“My number one priority when we filed this case was to appoint new management for the Colorado Humane Society as soon as was legally possible,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “This court order will help to protect this important shelter space while the receiver works to reestablish the charity’s good name.”

The defendants have voluntarily agreed to a stipulation that grants receivership to Denver’s Waverton Group, LLC, which was selected by the State for this purpose. As part of the stipulation, a temporary injunction has been granted that requires the Warrens and their daughter to give up any CHS assets in their possession, prevents them from withdrawing any funds from a CHS bank account, bars them from holding themselves out as CHS representatives, and prohibits them from interfering with the ongoing operation of the charity.

Suthers concluded: “We are pleased that the Colorado Humane Society will continue to function while the case against its former management proceeds. This is a good result for Colorado, for the animals in the care of CHS, and most importantly, for public trust in our charitable institutions.”

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