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Boulder woman charged with felony animal cruelty in mistreatment of puppy

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Caitlin Lesko, 24, was charged with aggravated felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor animal cruelty for the mistreatment of her three-month-old French bulldog puppy reported the Colorado Daily.com.

On October 29, Lesko brought the puppy to the South Boulder Animal Hospital for treatment. The puppy, named Bamboo had two rear broken legs and burns on her stomach.

When Lesko was questioned by authorities, she stated the puppy's legs were broken when she purchased her, and that the burns were sustained when the pup was kept too close to a heater in order to keep her warm.

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Lesko was arrested on Nov. 14 and remains free on $2,500 bond. She is expected back in court on Jan. 23, 2014.

Further investigation in this case has led to more disturbing news.

On Friday, Lesko's boyfriend, Andrew Etzler, turned himself into the Boulder Police Department Animal Control Unit reports Boulder Channel 1 News. Etzler faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly strangling an eight-week-old French bulldog puppy named Genji.

That puppy also belonged to Lesko and was brought into the vet on July 10. According to the examining veterinarian, Genji was unconscious when he arrived at the vet, and his injuries were consistent with strangulation. The puppy died the next day. Although Etzler denied hurting the puppy, the veterinarian stated Etzler became agitated when he said the puppy defecated and urinated in his bed.

If anyone has any further information about this case, please call Animal Control Supervisor Janee Boswell at 303-441-4385.

Bamboo has since recovered and has been adopted.

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