Valencia County animal shelter lags d...

Valencia County animal shelter lags despite upgrades

There are 11 comments on the KRQE Albuquerque and New Mexico story from Apr 11, 2008, titled Valencia County animal shelter lags despite upgrades. In it, KRQE Albuquerque and New Mexico reports that:

While improvements have been made, the Valencia County Animal Shelter still comes in for scathing criticism in a newly released report by the Humane Society of the United States.

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VC Needs to Change

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Apr 12, 2008
I truly believe everyone needs to get out to the County Commission and Animal Control Advisory Board meetings and let them know we want better treatment for these homeless animals, and we want better shelter hours so animals have a better chance at being seen and reclaimed (Tue-Sat 8-4 is not good enough- most good owners are working!). We also need to really put some pressure on them to do more to get these animals out and transferred to other state rescues/shelters, into rescue organizations, and basically build their media relations. Let everyone know what wonderful beautiful animals we have in this shelter!!! They also need to make everyone aware that strays are held only 72 working hours (about 3 days) and owners releases are euthanised usually the next day!!!! They need to start posting on the website!!!!
Are you kidding

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Apr 12, 2008
What kind of bad-woods operation is this????? Is that dueling banjos I'm hearing out there? Why do you need an inspector to tell you that stuff is out of line? You don't have those fancy tools called EYE BALLS???? Absolutely ridiculous.

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Apr 13, 2008
Yea, living out here is like living in a third world country! There are no "eyeballs". They are all the same old dumb***** that have lived here forever and are raising their children the exact same way they were raised! To heck with the problems at the should drive around Valencia County on any given day and take notice to all the dead cats, kittens, dogs and puppies that are all over the roads. It's a HUGE problem that we have here in New Mexico. NO RESPECT FOR LIFE. Human or animal.

Did anyone see the latest story about Meadow Lake??

So sad!

Albuquerque, NM

#4 May 10, 2008
Around the time this article came out (hadn't read it until today (May 10 2008)), my wife and I adopted a black lab from here.
I was reluctant on adopting a pet because of attachment issues, but my wife had her heart set on adopting a new family member. As adament as I was about NOT adopting for fear of losing something I had grown close to, the love and happiness of my wife prevailed. We adopted a Black Lab from here and named him Max. My wife had already met him somewhat via an online pet seaarch and had already fell in love with him. I, however, fell in love with him the moment I held him. My heart was overjoyed with the love I was reluctant to give.
The day after we adopted Max, a bit of fear set in both my wife and myself. He was not acting as a Lab puppy normally should, but we figured it was probably just him being nervous in his new enviroment. Later that evening, we tryed to feed such luck. Max wasn't eating. It was now Friday and everyone was closed.
Holding on to hope, my wonderful "giving tree" wife went out and bought him some nutrilite/pedialite and a syringe to force feed him. We nurtured Max for as long as we could until we decided it was PetER time.
My head was in a spin, my only concern was for Max to pull out of this. The doctors at PetER (Bless Them), gave us the bad news...Max had distemper. My wife and I were heartbroken, mortified, furious, and all the rest of the unsavory feelings you get when something like this happens.
Hundreds of dollars later and Max's health going up and down, we laid him to rest. It has been about 2 months since this incident and the images of him pouncing on my chest and licking my entire face in the ONE rare instance where he showed his love still tug at the strings of my heart.
Thankfully, I have a truely beautiful wife that helped me through this (I know it affected her as well, but she's obviously a tad bit stronger than I). At a point after Max passed away, I became more furious at the Valencia County Animal Shelter that I wanted to just go over there and slap managment silly (just being colorfully expressive to get my point across). But my wife said, "Chris, we did all we could for Max and gave him a home that he otherwise wouldn't have had. He died knowing he was loved."

Now, my wife would still like for us to get a Big Dog, and of course now, I am less reluctant as she has helped me to see things in a differant light. However, until the Valencia County Animal Shelter can FIX their situation and managment (which is truley sad because there are alot of animals that need good homes and who are suffering at the afformentioned shelter because some dimwits don't know how to run the place), i'll look elsewhere.

Denver, CO

#5 Nov 29, 2008
what animal control is in charge of Meadowlake, NM? I just saw a report on the news that there is an abandoned dog and her puppies dying of dehydration, hunger and exposure and animal control wont respond until 72 hours have passed. neighbors say the digs were abandoned two weeks ago! What kind of humane society is there out there? Since when do animal control or spca officers not respond to reports of dogs dying of exposure. Certainly 72 hours cant be a reasonable waiting period when reports of no food, shelter,and water and freezing temperatures are present. I want to know who recieves complaints for issues of this nature, who is a contact?

Lafayette, CO

#6 Dec 1, 2008
Where is Marcy Britton when we need her desperately to clean up the Valencia Animal Control? This whole puppy thing stinks. Follow the rules to the letter and let the puppies die one by one. That is how Valencia County handles important issues. Oh but they were conducting an investigation. I guess the next time there is a traffic accident, we need to leave the victims at the scene until the police complete their investigation.

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Dec 2, 2008
valencia county animal control can not account for several million dollars from the budget that is missing. No investigation, no audit. no one cares where the money went to.

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Dec 2, 2008
animal control is going to be the least of the worries for valencia county. What has been said is that after the first of the year the sheriff will no longer respond to alarm, disputes or noise complaints because of lack of budget money.

The lack of money is mostly due to all the illegally set mobile homes that the county refuses to make comply with building permits and septic permits that need to be put on the tax rolls. Those types of homes are the lowest class and require the most police response but yet most are not paying one cent in taxes. I will place bets that this meadowlake deal is yet another untaxed property.

Anyone can drag an old destroyed mobile home onto a lot, dump your sewage on the ground and the county does not care.

Montgomery, AL

#9 Feb 18, 2010
I was in an accident in late October of last year.
The last time that I saw Stinky, one of my two
cockatoos, he was crawling up my leg. His chest
and left side were covered in blood, and a number
of his wing feathers were gone. I was taken to
UNM medical center and my two cockatoos were
taken by Valencia County animal control. Stinky had a blood feather pulled, which explained the
blood on his body, and was put in what remained in
his cage, at the shelter, and was allowed to bleed
to death over a two day period. A couple drops of
Hydrogen Peroxide would have cauterized the
wound and would have saved his life but then that
would have involved effort, wouldn’t it.

Los Lunas, NM

#10 Jun 23, 2012
You can't rely on nothing to be done hear in Valencia County by the Sheriff's office, animal control or anyone else. Peoples homes and cars are being broken into and all they can say is "there's nothing we can do". You see people allowing animals to run around and breed. People sit on the side of the road all the time selling bit bull puppies. Where is the control. The authorities are so busy running around harassing the truck drivers that are trying to make a living and the innocent that they are ignoring the real problems. I sometimes wonder who the real crooks are, the criminals or the authorities?

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Mar 28, 2013
Well its 2013 and NOTHING has changed here, NOTHING for the animals of this county and state, its disgusting how we not only treat each other but the animals get the blunt of it and not to mention the land. Every empty space is filled will household trash and tires. When citizens speak out and try to change things they are told to shut up and go away. Animal Control is a joke, they never respond and if they do they don't do a thing or the animals are taken and put down. Dogs are chained outside with NO shelter, food or water, dogs all over the roads either alive or dead. Driving around with dogs in the back of pick ups is against the law here and NEVER EVER enforced. No spaying or neutering programs or shot clinics or even educational programs to help people. Animal control adopts out unaltered cats and dogs, what sense does that make? I could go on for days but NO ONE IS LISTENING

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