Parker News in a Hurry - July 11


Missing dogs raise care issue

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Tammy Lane in Parker on June 23 and spoke with a homeowner who had just returned from a three-day trip to Texas. The homeowner had left two dogs, a 65-pound German shepherd mix named Emily, and a 130-pound black lab named Jules, in her fenced yard with food, water and shelter, and returned home to find them missing.

The homeowner was under the impression the dogs had been stolen, as she said, “they do not run away and had no way to get out of the yard.” On June 24, the case was closed as a neighbor who had found the dogs running free while the homeowner was gone and had taken them in, made contact with the homeowner and returned the dogs. Temperatures reached 93 degrees in Parker during that three-day span.

“We suggest that people either kennel their dogs or have a friend or loved one look after them and take care of them if they are going to be away,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “Especially with the hot temperatures, dogs that are left outside should not be left unattended. They don’t have the ability to monitor their own body temperature in the heat and aren’t always going to go to the shade even if it is there.”

Task force reaches out for help

On July 20, Parker residents will be asked to think of other’s needs as they receive fliers asking them to donate food and toiletries to fill the shelves at the Parker Task Force Food Bank.

It’s all part of the statewide Colorado Cares Day. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be dispersing fliers July 20 with a list of needs. Residents will then have a week to collect items and will be asked to leave the bagged items on their porch for pickup on July 27. The items will be collected and taken directly to the food bank. Last year, nearly 900 items of food were delivered.

For more information, contact public affairs director Lori L. Jackson at or 720-936-7310.

Spiff up the car, clean the pup

Clean the car and the dog for a great cause at Kwik Car Wash’s “Dog Days of Summer” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20. Kwik Car Wash will donate 50 percent of all car wash sales to the Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, plus free dog washes will be provided courtesy of Heritage Pet.

Paws & Read will be sponsoring the event, along with several other local vendors. Parker Feed will be on site raffling off a gift basket and handing out doggie treats with all proceeds benefiting the Safe Harbor Lab Rescue as well. Wild at Heart will be on site to pamper pooches with doggie massages, while Coldstone Creamery will be providing treats for the human customers. Kimberly with TYE Photography will be available to photograph your nicely cleaned car and pup.

For Kwik Car Wash locations or to obtain more information, call 303-841-6606 or visit


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