Dog’s body found dumped on a trail in Chimayo with muzzle taped shut
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY – Extreme animal cruelty comes in many forms, and is often an indication of an individual who is a threat not just to animals, but to the entire community. On Sunday, April 3, 2016, a Chimayo resident walking her dogs on a trail stumbled onto a grisly scene. She found the dead body of a dog with the muzzle tightly closed with electrical tape, along with serious wounds to the neck and face.
Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for this cruel and insidious crime.
“Given the state of the body, this is likely a case of extreme animal cruelty, which is a fourth degree felony,” said Officer Cipie Maez, first on the scene from Rio Arriba County Animal Control. “We’re looking for tips from the public that could help to lead to an arrest. Extreme animal cruelty is not only a danger to animals, but a threat to people and communities, as well.”
It’s not uncommon to see deceased animals dumped near this trail, said the resident who discovered the body, but this situation was extraordinarily extreme. The taped muzzle and wounds convey the sense that the animal suffered in pain for an unknown period of time.
“There is a strong link between animal cruelty and human violence,” said Alan Edmonds, APNM’s cruelty case manager. “People who are capable of this degree of violence toward animals are significantly more likely to harm people and do damage to communities.”
Direct information regarding this case to the 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.