An odd story out of New Mexico:
An Alamogordo animal rescue group says it saved dozens of dogs from an abandoned puppy mill. The group claims the local sheriff’s department wasn’t doing anything to help but the sheriff’s department says that’s just not true.
The allegedly abandoned puppy mill appears to have housed bulldogs and a number of mixed breeds. Approximately 45 dogs and puppies were taken by the rescue. The director of the group says she contacted the Dona Ana Co sheriff’s office about the dogs but was told flat out that no one would be coming, which seems strange.
A sheriff’s office spokesman says a supervisor was dispatched in response to the call and arrived to find no one on the property and all the animals gone. Because the dogs had been removed by the rescue, the sheriff’s office says it was unable to conduct an investigation which may have resulted in charges against the dogs’ owner.
The director describes “very badly wounded dogs” who were dying on the property but doesn’t elaborate on the nature of the injuries. A video posted by the rescue appears to show dogs in good condition.
Without a police investigation (due to the removal of evidence), there is no way of knowing whether the dogs were better off before or after being rescued – or if their situation is pretty much unchanged. This type of head-scratching case underscores the importance of transparency. We demand it of our public shelters (although we don’t always get it) and we should expect it from non-profit (?) charities as well. People busy scratching their heads are not writing checks.