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Two Dogs Die in Albuquerque Animal Welfare Truck

Two Dogs Die in Albuquerque Animal Welfare Truck

A report from Albuquerque, New Mexico came out yesterday that an animal welfare officer left two dogs in a hot animal welfare truck, reports.  Both dogs have died.
The incident is under investigation by the Albuquerque Police Department through the auspices of the Mayor’s office.  Desiree Cawley, of Albuquerque Animal Care Office, told me the Mayor’s office is handling the investigation since the Animal Care office cannot investigate itself.  Chris Ramierez, Director of Communication for Mayor Berry, has not yet returned my call.

Cawley told me the records show there were four phone calls about two stray dogs from an Albuquerque neighborhood.  An animal welfare officer collected the pit bull mix and large black and brown shepherd cross and placed them in the animal welfare truck.

No details are known at this time regarding how long the dogs were in the truck, only that there was no air conditioning.  The officer is still on duty but not allowed to handle animals until the investigation is completed.  Albert Marquez from Albuquerque Animal Care told me the officer in question “is devastated” about the deaths.  Marquez also asks people not rush to judgment until all the facts are discovered.

Sad to say, many animals die each year when people leave them in a vehicle in the summer heat.  Let this be a reminder never to leave your pet in a vehicle for any length of time, even with open windows.  The temperature in a typical car can climb to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.  Pets suffer heatstroke, just like humans and will quickly succumb to it if left outside in a vehicle or even in your yard without proper shade and water.

According to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) the signs of heatstroke in pets are:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • A deep red or purple tongue
  • Unconsciousness
  • Collapse

One Care2 member has started a petition to make a law in all 50 states protecting pets left in vehicles. For more information, visit

We all know there are some pretty irresponsible pet owners out there.  And every year — despite the warnings — you can pass through any parking lot and find dogs and cats locked in a car or truck with only a small part of a window left open for the pet.
It seems the question in this case is: should animal welfare officers be held to a higher standard in this type of case?
I will update readers as information is released.

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2:35PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I think the heartless idiot should be locked in A HOT animal control truck just so he will know what it is like!

2:19PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Why isn't this heartless idiot being fired?!

6:17PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

The dogs are locked in small cubicles in the back of the truck. There are no windows!

5:27PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

This isn't the first time an animal welfare has had dogs die in his presence. He must have left them in the vehicle for a period of time. If he was driving with them, he probably would have had the window open. Where was he. Not with the dogs, obviously. And he is "devastated"? Maybe because he got caught. It's a wonder he didn't dump them. Whe will shelters and pounds ever get responsible, caring workers? Just awful.

10:48AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

This type of negligent individual wouldn't do well at another job either. This is the negligent, non-caring, lazy, sad sack type of individual. They would do the best job on unemployment!

6:35AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

If animal welfare officers are this negligent, they should get new jobs. Only people who really care about animals should work with them.

8:33PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Maybe we should go over there & do the same to these a holes!! I'm gonna go see them!!

11:59PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011


6:40PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

The West Side Albuquerque shelter is located west of 114th off south Central Ave. Either location could easily be more than a 20 minute trip from any distance. The animal control trucks should be air conditioned for the animals.

3:28PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

There are two city run shelters is Albuquerque aka Albuquerque Animal Care. I'm not sure of where the one on the west side of town is. but the one on the east side is no more than 20 minutes from anywhere on the east side of town and it sits right off I-40. Last I had any dealings with them, they said they only had 5-6 animal control officers, so it should be difficult to figure out which one it was....

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