DOGS HELD AS EVIDENCE WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO ANIMAL SHELTER

DOGS HELD AS EVIDENCE WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO ANIMAL SHELTER

Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison has announced that 12 pit bulls being held as evidence in a pending dogfighting case will not be transferred to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley as originally planned.

Sheriff Garrison said several Doña Ana County residents have offered to make significant donations to allow the evidentiary dogs to continue being cared for and held at an alternative location, thereby alleviating the need for shelter staff to make room for the new animals.

He said that in addition to accepting donations, his office anticipates revenue resulting from new legislation taking effect in July that will require animal owners in future cases to pay for the cost of their pets’ care while court cases are pending.

To make a donation to the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department for the care of evidentiary animals, send a check along with a letter that specifically designates the funds for that purpose. Donations can be mailed to the Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, N.M. 88007.

Sheriff Garrison said this situation underlines the severe animal problem facing Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces, and he urged that all pet owners have their animals spayed and neutered. He also urged residents to volunteer to foster animals that are suitable for adoption, thereby freeing up shelter space and reducing the high rate of euthanasia at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.

“A story in today’s Las Cruces Sun-News about the ripple effect of moving those 12 pit bulls to the shelter has opened a lot of eyes in this community to a tragic problem,” Garrison said. “The Doña Ana County Sheriff¹s Department will do what we can, but this will take action by the entire community if we’re ever to stop the high numbers of euthanizations at our animal shelter. We’re thankful for the donations that have been made to care for these dogs, and we’ll continue to work to secure grant funding and legislative remedies for future cases.”

To foster shelter animals, residents can fill out a form available from the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley at 3551 Bataan Memorial West in Las Cruces.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.