SHARK: Please Contact Cheyenne Mayor About Criminal Investigation

September 6th, 2009 6:31 pm by Kelly Garbato

Here’s the latest on SHARK’s ongoing campaign against Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. You can find out more on the group’s website (a search for “Cheyenne Frontier Days” turns up 190 results, so grab a cup of tea and some cruelty-free patries before digging in) and view SHARK’s investigative footage on its YouTube channel.

The Chief is Leaving, But Let’s Keep Investigation Going

As you will recall, earlier this month, I contacted Cheyenne Police Chief Robert Fecht and requested an investigation of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo for criminal neglect. SHARK’s documentation shows dozens of animals injured, while CFD claims only seven received care. See the first two of four videos showing many of the animal injuries.

2009 Cheyenne Animal Injuries, Part 1:

2009 Cheyenne Animal Injuries, Part 2:

This is in stark contrast to what is stated on CFD’s website about their care for the animals in the rodeo:

We recognize that animals, as well as humans, may be injured in these events. Any injured animal is accorded immediate veterinary medical attention, and is isolated from further harm. Every attempt is made to make injured animals comfortable, and offer them opportunity to recover. Injured animals are not used again.

Read the entire “Animal Care” statement here.

While Chief Fecht has been investigating the matter, he is retiring and his last day is today. It is now up to the Mayor of Cheyenne, Mayor Rick Kaysen and the acting Chief of Police Jeff Schulz to continue this investigation.

What You Can Do:

Please contact Mayor Rick Kaysen and encourage him to continue this investigation and press for appropriate charges.

Mayor Rick Kaysen
Mayor’s Office
2101 O’Neil Ave.
Room 310
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: (307) 637-6300
Fax: (307) 637-6378
Email Mayor: mayor [at]

Please let us know what response you get from the Mayor’s office.

This is one of the many animals injured at CFD.


Don’t forget that Coke is one of the major sponsors of this rodeo. Have you contacted Coke today?

Muhtar Kent
President and CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
P.O. Box 1734
Atlanta, GA 30301
MKent [at]
Phone: 770-989-3000
Toll Free! (800) 438-2653 (GET-COKE)
Here is Coke’s website link.

For more information on corporate sponsors of rodeo cruelty and deaths, see



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