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Case ID: 19660
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Animal was offleash or loose
Animal was bound
Reward: $1,500
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

County: Valencia

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

An animal-protection group is offering a reward for information on a cruelty case where an underweight dog was found dragging 25 pounds of chain.

The 3-year-old shepherd mix was found in the El Cerro Mission area east of Los Lunas last week dragging 25 pounds of heavy chain wrapped around his neck.

The dog was about 15 pounds underweight, and the chain had worn the fur off his neck.

Now the Valencia County Animal Shelter and Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) want to find the person who did this to the dog.

APNM is offering a $1500 reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Valencia County Animal Control Officer Erik Tanner said they had to call in firefighters with rescue tools to cut the chain off the dog because bolt cutters couldn't handle the job. The dog was tranquilized and the chain cut off.

The dog is now at the shelter, but Tanner said he is not adoptable now because he is fearful and possibly aggressive.

There is good news, though. The animal rescue group "Almost Home New Mexico" has agreed to take in the dog and put him through rehabilitation.

Janelle Chavez with Almost Home said they will evaluate the dog and then work to earn back his trust. That could happen almost immediately or take some time, she added.

Her group is looking for donations to help pay for the training and care for the dog.

Chaining dogs is legal in Valencia County, but Tanner said the chain had been on so long, it was imbedded in the dog's neck. They consider this cruelty, he said.

In Valencia County, animal cruelty carries a $300 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Anyone with information about the dog or its owner can call the Valencia County Animal Shelter at (505) 866-2479.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Valencia County Animal Shelter
(505) 866-2479


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