'It’s heartbreaking. We are pet lovers': Residents say they're seeing a rise in dog abandonment | KOB 4

'It’s heartbreaking. We are pet lovers': Residents say they're seeing a rise in dog abandonment

Megan Abundis
Created: September 07, 2020 10:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Hikers in the foothills said they’ve been seeing a sad trend of dogs being dumped on the trail. Neighbors say they’re found alive, but unwanted.

Sara Mendoza, a resident, was out running in the open space off of Menaul last week when she noticed something unusual.

“And noticed a dog off leash. Most everybody is typically really great about keeping dogs on leash so it is peculiar when you see one that isn't, so I approached, as well as another gentleman and his father,” Mendoza said.

That’s when Mendoza discovered the dog was abandoned. She said she’s seen a growing problem of people dumping their dogs in the desert.

“Oddly enough as we were standing there we saw another dog with a collar walk past us. We couldn't catch it—it ran to the open space,” she said.

Mendoza said they waited with the dog and tried to calm her down with water and peanut butter until Animal Control showed up.

“It’s heartbreaking—we are pet lovers,” Mendoza said.

The Humane Society said the dog, now named Canyon, will soon be up for adoption. They also said they can help if someone is having trouble taking care of a pet. All you need to do is call.


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