SHERIFF GARRISON RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR COMBATTING ANIMAL ABUSE

SHERIFF GARRISON RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FOR COMBATTING ANIMAL ABUSE

Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King were singled out Saturday in Washington, D.C., for their commitment to ending animal abuse in the State of New Mexico. Also on hand for the award ceremony was Doña Ana County Animal Control Supervisor Curtis Childress.

The Humane Society of the United States recognized King for his work with the New Mexico Legislature to ban cockfighting in 2007. Garrison was recognized for showing the new laws could be meaningfully enforced.

Working in conjunction with the 40-agency Animal Cruelty Task Force, Garrison and the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department have led law-enforcement agencies in New Mexico with the number of cases prosecuted and the number of animals saved in both cockfighting and dogfighting interdiction cases.

Garrison’s leadership in ferreting out large-scale animal-abuse operations is credited with the closure of every major southern New Mexico cockfighting pit, and with forcing most breeding operations to cease operations entirely.

For more information on the HSUS awards, visit http://www.hsus.org/acf/news/humane_law_enforcement_awards_092809.html