Another influx of puppies at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is creating space issues at the shelter this week.

Last month, more than 40 adoptable puppies were available at the shelter. This week, 26 puppies are awaiting permanent homes.

Because of space limitations, puppies who don’t find homes very soon will have to be put down by the staff. The space crunch is not limited to the puppy population.

“We have more than a dozen dogs under quarantine right now,” said shelter director Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock. Quarantined dogs, by law, have to be kept under surveillance for 10 days. “And that creates another space issue.”

A brown pit bull and a pit bull-terrier mix are among those dogs under surveillance. The two were captured Wednesday afternoon after a Santa Teresa man reported being attacked by the dogs as he was walking in the desert near McNutt and Country Club Rd.

Doña Ana County Animal Control officers are working to determine who owns the dogs. The owner could face criminal charges.

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is hosting two off-site pet adoption events Saturday, March 10. Puppy adoptions are available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PetCo, 3050 E. Lohman.
Adoption fees are $75 for dogs and puppies, which includes spaying or neutering and a microchip.

For more information, you can contact the shelter directly at (575) 382-0018 or visit their website at