ALBUQUERQUE NM - A JUDGE HAS BANNED IRRESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER - MARIA ESCAMILLA - FROM OWNING OR POSSESSING DOGS AFTER HER DOGS WERE INVOLVED IN YET ANOTHER ATTACK
The owner of three dogs that attacked and injured a Ventana Ranch man and killed his pet Maltese on their nightly walk last April has been sentenced to nine months probation and must serve 120 hours community service at an animal shelter for failing to keep her dogs from running loose.
Metro Court Judge John Duran also informed defendant Maria Escamilla at sentencing earlier today that she is banned from owning or possessing dogs under a separate city order that found her to be an irresponsible dog owner. Duran last month said he wanted to hear from both the Bernalillo District Attorney’s Office and Escamilla’s public defender whether he had the authority to seize Escamilla’s dogs.
But that issue wasn’t addressed at today’s sentencing because the dogs involved in the attack last year on Ventana Ranch resident Jack Cash and his 10-pound Maltese named Duncan recently attacked another person at the Escamilla home on Jan. 9. In that incident, one of the two dogs, A PIT BULL, was injured and an adult at the home was hospitalized.
Albuquerque animal welfare officers are still investigating the incident, but have since seized all of Escamilla’s dogs living at the home.
“I’m disappointed that in order to effect change it took another person being injured,” Cash said after the hearing. But Cash said he was happy about the outcome, and that he can now walk around his neighborhood without worrying for his safety.
“This is what we wanted all along,” Cash said, referring to the dogs removal by the city.