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Police recommend six charges against woman in fatal dog shootings

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COMMERCE CITY -- Commerce City police recommended a half-dozen charges against a Commerce City woman in connection with an animal attack incident late last month. 

It happened in the 6900 block of East 60th Avenue April 30. Police want to charge 31-year-old Elena Nunez with having a prohibited animal, animals at large, having a vicious or a dangerous animal, lack of vaccination and testing for rabies and for a lack of rabies tags on her dogs. It's up to the Adams County District Attorney's Office to file the formal charges.

Police said two large dogs were attacking a 31-year-old, 110-pound woman in the road. Officers tried to separate the animals from the woman by using their sirens and the squad car. Because the dogs continued to attack the victim and her small dog, one of the officers shot the two dogs. The dogs were killed, and the victim received treatment for her injuries.

Officers don't expect to recommend additional charges. The officers involved in the incident will be back on duty this week. The department continued to conduct an administrative review of the officers' actions, which is standard policy.