Bonnie, it turns out, was still alive - and authorities saw fit to make sure she stayed that way.
"The officers contacted the animal shelter, which is also a city run facility. They spoke to the folks that run the shelter and made arrangements for the dog to be held there for this inmate until he got out," Crittle said. "Apparently this is unusual for them to hold an animal like this, but they made an exception."
To fulfill the request to keep Bonnie, the shelter required that the cost of her care, $246 for the month, be paid for. For that, the officers contacted New Hope Cattle Dogs Rescue of Colorado, a non-profit group who offered to cover the fee.
Menendez was ecstatic to hear this news.
"The dog goes everywhere with him. He's a guy who's fallen on hard times, so I think that's a big reason why the dog is so important to him," Crittle said. "Now he's going to get out this weekend and get his dog back."
This isn't the first time officers have teamed up with the rescue group to make sure an inmates dog is looked after until they are released, says Crittle, describing them as dog lovers, too:
"We want to do the right thing."
For folks interested in pitching in, here's a link to New Hope Cattle Dogs Rescue of Colorado's donation page.