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Compassionate Samaritans Rescue Stray Dogs and Puppies

Good Samaritans: Fabian Gonzalez, Rhonda Hernandez, Andrea Quintana, and Isaiah Williams

Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Fabian Gonzalez, Rhonda Hernandez, Andrea Quintana, and Isaiah Williams as this week’s Good Samaritans for their determination to save two stray adult dogs and their six puppies.

 In April 2017, Hernandez made a call to the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department Field Division, indicating she found some dogs inside of an open field drain, needing to be rescued. When Animal Welfare’s Corporal Thomas Romero and Officer Raymond Candelaria arrived on scene, they were greeted by Hernandez, Quintana, 10-year-old Gonzalez, and 12-year-old Williams.

 Hernandez led Corporal Romero and Officer Candelaria to the drainage hole where a black, Labrador-mix male dog and a red, Chow Chow-mix female dog had created a den for their litter of six puppies. Hernandez was able to gain the trust of the two adult stray dogs to get them out of the drain but their two-week-old puppies were still inside the hole, needing to be saved. Officer Candelaria left the scene to retrieve a carrier from his City truck. When he returned, ready to retrieve the litter and place in the carrier, he saw that Quintana had already managed to recover all six dogs. The group explained that to help Quintana rescue the puppies, Gonzalez and Williams used a shovel to make the entrance to the hole large enough for her to enter the den that was six to seven feet below the surface to safely handle the puppies and lift them to safety.

 The four citizens showed extraordinary teamwork to help Corporal Romero and Officer Candelaria rescue the stray dogs and their puppies. Because of their efforts, these dogs now have a chance of finding forever homes. It is for these reasons that Fabian Gonzalez, Rhonda Hernandez, Andrea Quintana, and Isaiah Williams were recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque’s Good Samaritans.