Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

February 23, 2022 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director,, 720-913-9025

Animal Cruelty Case Proceeds Two Years After Incident

DENVER— On April 3, 2020, Denver police officers performed a welfare check on an apartment due to a foul-smelling odor that was getting increasingly worse. Inside the apartment, officers found a male black and white dog in a cage that was too small for it. The dog was malnourished, covered in feces and urine, had sores and cuts all over it, and was in extremely poor condition. He was transported to the Denver Animal Shelter for treatment. A probable cause warrant was issued for the arrest of 30-year-old William Vernon, the apartment’s tenant.

Today, prosecutors announced that William Vernon has been charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals (F6). Vernon was not the dog’s owner and since being treated, the dog has been reunited with his owner and is reportedly doing extremely well with his recovery.

Vernon is scheduled for First Advisement on March 2, 2022, in Denver District Court case number 22CR001006.


The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  See Colo. RPC 3.6.