Makeshift dog shelter causing more harm than good | KOB 4

Makeshift dog shelter causing more harm than good

Ryan Laughlin
December 13, 2018 03:17 AM

WARNING: The images in the video above may be graphic and disturbing. 


DEMING, N.M. – A neglected, makeshift dog shelter is doing more harm than good.

Randy Pirie is the owner of the property and rents it to two men who have a history of animal abuse and animal hoarding.

Pirie said the house was move-in ready but now it’s falling apart and saturated in dog urine and feces.

“Ah, geez. That’s my 401k. I cashed it in for the house and now I can’t even use it,” Pirie said.

But the situation is much worse for the dogs on the property.

KOB 4 visited the property and found multiple dead dogs, including a puppy, in a chest freezer.

Ray Schmal was one of the renters until he was evicted by Pirie for not paying rent.  Schmal said he wasn’t allowed to bury the dogs hence the freezers.

Schmal came to New Mexico from California where he said he was found guilty of animal hoarding. Part of his punishment was to not own any animals for three years.

“I didn’t own dogs for a certain period of time. That’s why Mike Muir owned them,” Schmal said.

Mike Muir, the second tenant of the property, was responsible for running the ‘shelter.’

Muir was found guilty of cruelty to animals in October. Schmal blames Muir for the conditions of the property.

Pirie is at his breaking point with the whole situation. He’s been told that there’s nothing officials can do to fix the mess.

“It should be criminal and there’s no criminal offense. It’s civil. Well, that’s criminal in my book,” Pirie said.

A county commission meeting is slotted for Thursday morning to discuss what to do about the disaster for the dogs.


Ryan Laughlin

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