Doña Ana County



Scores of puppies continue to flood the kennels at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, once again threatening to increase the euthanasia rate.

This week, nearly 30 puppies have been left at the shelter – either surrendered by their owners, or picked up as strays. The spike follows a month-long flood of adoptable puppies who are awaiting permanent homes.

Shelter director Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock says that unless adopters step up, the situation means more dogs will have to be killed by staff to make space.

“Having your dog spayed or neutered is literally a life-or-death decision,” said Vesco-Mock. “When people recklessly allow their dogs to breed, and they end up here at the shelter, we have to put animals down to make room. We can’t stress enough how vitally important it is to have your animals fixed before it comes to this.”

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley offers affordable spay/neuter services for the public. For dogs and puppies, the cost of the surgery is $35; for cats and kittens, the cost is $25. The shelter also accepts Spay and Neuter Action Program (SNAP) vouchers available through a local, publicly-funded organization.

For more information, you can contact the shelter directly at (575) 382-0018 or visit the website at
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.