City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Launch Fight Against Illegal Breeding and Sale of Pets
July 17, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The city and county are joining forces to fight the illegal breeding and sale of animals.
A new initiative, announced today, will bring together animal enforcement personnel from the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to investigate reports of unlicensed breeding and selling of animals, and to investigate advertising for the sale of animals to make sure the sellers are operating within the law. In the last year alone city shelters took in more than 25,000 animals, about 19,000 of the animals were adopted or reclaimed, and 5,700 had to be euthanized.
"Pet overpopulation, including backyard breeding and the failure to spay and neuter family pets, leads to the suffering and death of thousands of dogs and cats in Albuquerque each year. Last year, city shelters had to euthanize thousands dogs and cats," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.
"The City and County, as it pertains to Animal Welfare issues, are closely related and we have found that we share many of the same community-based issues that impact the animals and citizens of our respective jurisdictions,” said Matthew Pepper, Director of Bernalillo County Animal Care Services.
The new enforcement initiative will be aimed at making sure the ordinances of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are strictly enforced. Both jurisdictions hope it will lead to fewer unwanted litters and a reduction of euthanasia. Violations will be addressed with criminal complaints and citations against anyone participating in the breeding or selling of an animal contrary to any ordinance.