Officials on the look-out for animal code violations
Posted at: 03/28/2013 5:57 PM
| Updated at: 03/28/2013 7:02 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Dog catchers and Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies hit the streets in Bernalillo County’s South Valley Thursday afternoon looking for animal code violations that might lead them to more serious problems.
At noontime they were in the old Kinney Brick neighborhood on the east bank of the river, just south of Rio Bravo. Loose dogs are just part of the problem sheriff’s deputies want to tackle, but they’re everywhere in Kinney Brick – just ask the neighbors.
“You know it’s about time they started doing something about that,” said Veronica Padilla. “Basically all these animals are loose and they get into people’s houses and do whatever they want to do unless you have your gate closed.”
“If you keep your gate open they’ll come in,” said her sister-in-law Peggy Sedillo. “They do you know what and then we have to clean it up."
Deputies say they're looking for serious cases of animal abuse. They say a starving or beaten dog in the yard often means even more trouble in the house.
“Usually when we go in on the animal violations we tend to find that domestic violence has been going on in the house – gang activity, drug activity,” said Lt. Andi Taylor.
Nothing too awful turned up while KOB Eyewitness News 4 accompanied the team. A lot of dogs tied improperly, dogs without tags, dogs running loose. Just warnings and advice – no fines.
“We’re not here to punish people,” said county Animal Care chief Matt Pepper. “We’re here to make sure that everyone’s lives are better – the animals and the people we share our community with.”
One big question: Why the South Valley, where people have less money than they do in the North Valley or the East Mountains?
Answer: The South Valley is where the vast majority of dog complaints and violations come from, so that’s where the dog catchers go.