Moose’s family says he was friendly, loved by all. Courtesy photo
BERNALILLO — A $5,000 reward is being offered after a dog was found brutally attacked and killed during an apparent burglary in Bernalillo County.
A Sandia Park family’s home was burglarized Sept. 22 and their beloved Great Dane, Moose, was found inside, wounded by a gunshot and struggling to breathe. Because Moose was suffering, the family made the difficult decision to have their companion humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. A necropsy confirmed Moose had been shot.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this as a case of Aggravated Burglary with a Deadly Weapon and Felony Animal Cruelty.
“Because there is a proven link between animal cruelty and crimes against people, whoever shot Moose and left him to suffer is a danger to the people and animals of the community,” said Captain Andrea Taylor of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.
According to APNM’s Cruelty Case Manager Alan Edmonds, “Until the person or persons responsible for this cruel act are apprehended, our community is at risk. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Animal Cruelty Hotline.”
If you have any information regarding this case, call Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at 877.548.6263. All calls are confidential and callers may remain anonymous. Animal Protection of New Mexico’s mission is to advocate for the rights of animals by effecting systemic change, resulting in the humane treatment of all animals.