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N.M. Cancels Plans To Kill Dogs

I couldn't believe when I just read a shelter in N.M. was going to put down 50 dogs to make room for 12 pit bulls...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jun 19th 2009


I couldn’t believe when I just read a shelter in N.M. was going to put down 50 dogs to make room for 12 pit bulls being held by the court.

The dogs are being held as evidence in a dog fighting case and were to be transferred to the shelter.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Officials of a New Mexico animal shelter say they have canceled plans to euthanize more than 50 dogs to make room for court-held pit bulls.

Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison says 12 pit bulls being held as evidence in a dog fighting case will no longer be transferred to the county shelter. He says donations will allow for the dogs to be cared for at another site.

Garrison also says he expects revenue from a law that goes into effect July 1. Under the law, judges can require suspected animal abusers to pay for their animals’ care while cases are pending.

The 12 pit bulls were to be placed in one cage apiece at the shelter. The spaces usually house two or more dogs.

I’m relieved the pit bulls are going to be held at another site. Based on other recent cases the almost predicted outcome for the pit bulls is euthanasia. It would have been a double tragedy if 50 dogs lost their lives to save 12 who in all likelihood won’t make it.

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