NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A dog rescue in New Mexico recently rescued more than a dozen dogs from poor living conditions. The dogs lived on property in rural New Mexico.
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Mousey is one of nineteen dogs rescued. Until a few weeks ago, she had lived in a rundown car on a Mesa lot for five years. These nineteen dogs were recently rescued by NM Dog – a nonprofit that rescues chained, abused, and abandoned dogs across the state.
“We’re just a very small grassroots group,” said Angela Stell, the founder of NM Dog. Stell asked to keep the location of the Mesa property private to protect the previous guardian. Stell says the owner of these nineteen dogs felt very remorseful.
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Stell says scenes like the one she saw on this Mesa lot are not uncommon in her work. Twelve of the nineteen dogs were on chains, the other in makeshift stables, many of them living in their own rubbish.
According to Stell, the state has laws to prevent such situations from occurring, but rural jurisdictions like this don’t always have the proper resources to enforce these laws. “Do we have a willing enforcement that participates in our animal welfare across the state? Are you trained properly? Do they have resources to take care of them once they are seized or admitted? “Said Stell.
She is glad the owner of these dogs asked for help and they are well on their way to happier, healthier lives. It took about three weeks for all nineteen dogs to disappear from the property. The guardian is not charged.