New Mexico named one of the worst for animal abuse
Posted at: 12/17/2012 5:38 PM
| Updated at: 12/17/2012 5:39 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico has been named one of the top five states for animal abusers, alongside Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota and South Dakota. It's news that’s alarming to many New Mexico residents.
“They're defenseless. You should treat 'em just like your own child,” animal lover Janice Raley said. She has her own one-year-old dog named Ginger.
The list was created by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which rates states based on punishments for animal abuse offenders, education programs to prevent animal abuse, and the law enforcement authority afforded to humane officers. New Mexico received an “F” for the felony charges available in animal abuse cases, and didn’t have many of the programs other states had to prevent it from happening in the first place.
“I think anybody that would abuse an animal should have that same treatment done to themselves,” Raley said.
New Mexico has seen a number of attention-grabbing abuse cases over the past year, and animal advocates would like to see an end to these problems.