Kirtland dealing with stray animal problem | KOB 4

Kirtland dealing with stray animal problem

Meg Hilling
April 12, 2018 08:54 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. - With no shelter of its own, the town of Kirtland is being asked to foot the bill for their stray animals that are being taken care of by neighboring shelters, much to the mayor's displeasure.


"I got to tell you, I'm probably not going to get any brownie points for what about I'm about to say," Kirtland Mayor Mark Duncan said. "But even in our county and our state and our country, we don't take care of our veterans very well. We don't take care of our homeless very well. We kill a million babies a year, and yet people want me to feel bad when I kill a starving dog that nobody cares about.

"For $12, I can take care of all 131 animals that went through the town of Kirkland last year that the City of Farmington took in. So until we start taking care of our veterans and homeless and quite killing children, I'm not going to feel too bad about killing 131 dogs."

The town has until July first to decide whether or not they will continue sending their stray animals to neighboring shelters.

"The San Juan County was kind of picking up the tab for everybody and they are facing their own budget issues, so like I said, they are going to those municipalities, asking them to pay for the animals that come from their areas," Manager of Farmington Regional Animal Shelter, Stacie Voss said.

Strays taken into the shelter are provided housing, food and medical attention.

"Well, I wouldn't mind giving out .22 bullets and letting people take care of their own problem. If you don't want your dog. Don't starve it to death," Duncan said. "Don't chain it up and starve the darn thing to death and then drop it off in the town of Kirtland or Farmington, Aztec or Bloomfield or any county and let it starve to death. That's not humane."

Should the town choose to continue sending the strays to Aztec’s Animal Shelter and the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter, the fees per animal would be around $127 for the Aztec shelter and around $180 for the Farmington shelter. According to Duncan, both shelters are being considered, as well as other outside options.


Meg Hilling

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