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Denver Police help rescue 23 animals from minivan

The Denver Police Department helped save 23 animals that were locked in a minivan last week. (Credit: Denver Police Department

The Denver Police Department helped save 23 animals that were locked in a minivan last week. (Credit: Denver Police Department

DENVER — The Denver Police Department helped save 23 animals that were locked in a minivan last week.

Officers checked on the animals that were in the minivan in a parking lot in the 2900 block of Speer Boulevard.

They found the windows rolled up with 23 animals, including piglets, rabbits and puppies, inside the minivan.

The owner of the minivan, Steven Jones, 31, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of Summit County.

The animals were taken by Animal Control officers. Officials with the Denver Municipal Animal Shelter said a rescue group took the animals a day after Jones’ arrest and returned the piglets and rabbits to their owner in Summit County.