Valencia County, New Mexico—On January 6, 7 and 8 of 2015, the bodies of four badly mutilated dogs were found dumped at the Valencia County Transfer Station. All exhibited bite-type injuries consistent with being mauled by other dogs, and each was missing all or part of one leg, which had been severed with a knife. Dog No. 4 was found on 1/8/2015, Dogs No. 1 and No. 2 were discovered on 1/6/2015, and Dog No. 2 on 1/7/2015. The cause of death of Dog No. 4 was strangulation asphyxiation.
Erik Tanner, Executive Director of Valencia County Animal Control, is investigating these cases as dog fighting-related and believes the dogs may have been used as “bait” dogs to train other dogs to fight. “No animal deserves to die this way.” expressed Tanner, “We are reaching out to the community for any information they can provide to solve these cruel and disturbing criminal cases.”
Extreme animal cruelty and dog fighting are 4th degree felonies! Information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible will be rewarded up to $10,000 callers may remain anonymous. Please call 877-548-6263 with information.