The Montrose County Sheriff's Office shared a post on Facebook showing what they believe to be three dogs dumped at the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Do you recognize these animals? According to the Montrose County Sheriff's Office Facebook post, Animal Control has reason to believe all three dogs were dumped sometime during the last two days.

The MCSO reminds everyone:

Dumping animals is ILLEGAL and if discovered (once an investigation identifies the owners), the owners will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. - MCSO via Facebook

At the time of the post, 1:54 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, the MCSO said efforts were being made by Animal Control to make contact with the animals. They asked the public to make no attempts to catch the dogs.

Growing up on Little Park Road in Grand Junction, we frequently had dogs making their way down to our house. It was not at all uncommon for people to dump animals at the top of Little Park. Over the years, my grandparents adopted many of these animals. Dogs carelessly disposed of by other people quickly became our family members.

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What does one do if no longer able to care for a pet? If you find yourself in that situation, the MCSO asks you to contact the Montrose Animal Shelter or another local shelter.

If you have information regarding these dogs, you are asked to contact the Western Colorado Regional Dispatch Center at 970-249-9110.