Sunland Park Police said they did not follow procedures after a family reported a vicious dog held their backyard hostage early Sunday morning.
The family had to keep the dog overnight until Sunland Park Animal control removed it early Monday morning, because the family was told by both animal control and police there was nothing they could do on Sunday.
But Chief of Police Jaime Reyes told KFOX14 there was something the officer could have done.
“We should have actually called the Dona Ana County, and since it’s on a weekend and it’s an emergency they could have come out and taken the dog into custody,” Reyes said.
Joseph Quintanar found a PIT BULL in his backyard in Santa Teresa. The dog was showing signs of aggression and Quintanar called Sunland Park animal control, but was told they will not be able to send anyone out until the morning.
Police were sent to Quintanar’s house, and Quintanar said the police told him there was nothing they could do. HE SAYS THEY DID TELL HIM IF QUINTANAR LET THE DOG GO, HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE IF IT ATTACKS ANYONE.
“How can this be my problem if it’s not even my dog? But the officer basically said since it’s in your backyard, you’re liable for it,” Quintanar said.
Sunland Park animal control policies say abandon animals could be put down after one business day if they’re not microchipped or claimed by the owner, but that timeline could be moved up if the animal is showing signs of aggression.