Thursday, August 18, 2016



   Naked and bleeding, Melissa Martinez staggered down State Road 68, desperately trying to flag down help, helplessly watching as car after car refused to stop for her, during the early morning hours of May 20.

    Just past the Snow Bird gas station, she crossed the road and found two girls playing in their front yard. She begged them for help and they called 911.

    “I walked back toward the Snowbird,” she said. “I was buck naked.”

    Martinez was attacked by a pack of semi-wild dogs while she walked to the Ohkay Casino. It sent her to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for two months. When she was finally released, she started walking with a cane to compensate for much of the muscle on her legs, which was ripped off by the dogs.

  “I was just hamburger meat,” she said.

    Her injuries were so severe that in addition to being in a medically-induced coma, her injuries required multiple skin grafts.

    What Ohkay Owingeh is doing, or has done, to handle the feral dog problem on the pueblo is unknown.

    Ohkay Owingeh Sheriff Donovan Trujillo did not respond to requests for information and comment, related to the roaming dogs, sent to him via email, in May and August.

    Governor Earl Salazar also did not return multiple messages left on the same issue.

    Although Española police officers responded to the call, it appears the only person to take a report was Animal Control Officer Tommy Gurule. The attack happened outside of the city’s jurisdiction, but Gurule said he commonly helps other j
urisdictions with animal control, and is helped, in turn.

    Gurule captured a total of FIVE DOGS, he said.

    He got to the scene after being called at 3:22 a.m., he wrote in an incident report.

    Tribal police officers told Gurule they thought they knew where some of the feral dogs were being fed and took Gurule to Christopher Chavez’s house, off State Road 68, about a quarter-mile into the pueblo, he said.

    “The young man (Chavez), he said that he owns two dogs,” Gurule said. “His, they were really friendly. The other three were  PIT BULL MIXES.”

    He was able to get the two friendly dogs into his truck, with Chavez’s help, for a 10-day quarantine, then headed to the hospital to try and talk to Martinez.

    Chavez told Gurule he fed three other wild dogs scraps, but the dogs were extremely skittish.

    When Gurule tried to get a statement from Martinez, he found she could not speak because she was crying and “jerkily” stuttering in pain.

    He said she looked like she was in extreme amounts of pain, unable to physically control her limbs.

    He then went to Chavez’s house a second time so he could set up the dog traps to capture the three dogs Chavez said he had been feeding. That time, he asked for Tribal Police to back him up in case Chavez got angry.

    “I called Española dispatch via radio, to radio when would tribal animal control arrive,” he wrote. “I then asked for a tribal patrol to assist when suspect Christopher Chavez exited out of his residence.”

    Gurule said he was able to capture those other three dogs with traps.

    He said he believes the three feral dogs he captured, described by Chavez, to Gurule, as "REZ DOGS", OR RESERVATION DOGS, were euthanized.  He was not able to find blood on their snouts following the attack. The other two dogs were released back to Chavez.

    The 10 day quarantine period is used to determine if an animal has rabies.

    “You usually don’t find blood on them,” he said. “Not every dog will have it. It’s hard to say, ‘These are the dogs that did it.’”

    To his knowledge, the tribal animal control officers never responded to the incident.

    “A day later, the tribal officer tried to get a hold of me,” Gurule said.


    “I was walking to the casino,” Martinez said. “I’ve done that a million times, but I do blame myself a little.”

    She had been attacked before and had to fend off single dogs, put never before did she have to deal with a pack. She had been walking on the shoulder, headed toward a foot path.

    “The pack of dogs came out of nowhere,” she said. “I was helpless. I was by myself and I had no weapons. One of them got me on the ground and it was over.”

   She counted eight dogs that initially came at her.  She identified one dog, white in color, as the leader of the pack. 

    “The main one, the alpha, he was in charge and he did do the main mauling of me,” she said. “I can see it over and over again.”

    Once she hit the ground, they tore off her clothing, along with her flesh.

    “It’s a miracle they didn’t go for the throat,” she said. “I was telling them, ‘Please don’t bite my face, please don’t bite my face.’”

    The white pack leader did go after her ear near the end of the attack, almost biting it entirely off. Doctors were able to sew it back on.

    Gurule said he was amazed that Martinez lived because of the few bites to the neck that she did receive. None hit an artery, which would have likely been fatal.

    “He did it (biting) to the end,” Martinez said, referring to the pack leader. “I’d given up. They were eating my arm. I looked at him (the white dog) and grabbed a handful of dirt and threw it in his face. Then I grabbed a piece of wood, and, wham, hit him in the face.”

    Had that piece of wood not been near her body once they attacked, she said she did not know what she would have done, other than let death overtake her.

    “I can’t believe I got out of there,” Martinez said. “And I didn’t lose my leg. That was their plan, they wanted to amputate my arm and my leg. I was in a medically-induced coma.”

    When she was in the hospital, they found her upper arms had been turned into long streaks of “hamburger meat.”

    Much of the muscle on her arms, legs and thighs is missing and she must now walk with a cane and go back for even more surgeries.

    Martinez said she received multiple calls while she was in the hospital from other people who have been attacked on pueblo land by feral dogs.

    One woman told Martinez that she was in the Ohkay Casino parking lot when two dogs tried to attack her. She got to her car and closed her door just in time.

She said she is deeply grateful to the two children who called 911.



Sweetie Pie said...

They need to stop this complete and total bullsh*t about saying these roaming pit bull types are 'rez dogs' and 'feral dogs'. They also need to stop killing real rez dogs for what owned, roaming pit bull types do.

Why is it that we all have to obey politically correct rules about how to call 'native Americans', 'African Americans', whatever, but it's not politically INcorrect for them to imitate the worst of the White Supremacy Movement's (aka KKK) habits -- importing KKK dogs to their reservations and neighborhoods, then letting them roam to maul and kill their neighbors and children?

WHY is it okay for them to blame real rez dogs, native together with the humans there, for what White Man's Mauler Undogs are doing to them? WHY is this not politically INcorrect? WHY is it supposedly 'racist' to ban pit bull types, but not racist to import KKK dogs that do what the KKK can no longer evn dream of getting away with on any reservation or in any non-whtie neighborhood?

As of now, since they themselves are calling their imported pit bull types 'rez dogs', a major insult to native American dogs, am going back to calling them Indians. You can't have your cake and eat it too. If they don't object to KKK dogs killing them and their children, if they don't mind these KKK dogs being referred to as 'rez dogs', then they can't object either to KKK terms to refer to their own selves.

I know this comment will shock a lot of people, but I am totally sick of this. RACISM isn't what some other ethnic group calls your own group, nor is it RACISM to 'discriminate' against the pit bull types. RACISM is importing these KKK dogs into your own neighborhood, where they proceed to kill your Indian, Negro, and Whitecracker children. RACISM is not caring one bit about the many maulings and deaths in your own ethic group, as long as you have the freedom to imitate the KKK.

Of course, the worst RACISTS are the Whitecracker pit-pimps who call us racist for wanting the pit types banned, while these Whitecrackers continue to spread these KKK undogs into non-Whitecracker communities.

Wait, I take that back. The Negro hip-hoppers and gangsta rappers who push pit bull types as a thing every Negro should have are not only RACIST for promoting the deaths of African-American children (I won't call the innocent children Negro), they are probably worse haters of their own Negro race than any Whitecracker ever was.

If the owner of this blog wants to delete this comment, that'll be fine with me. I know I'm going over some pol-cor boundaries here. Too angry to care just now.

Dayna said...

I hear you Sweetie Pie. I'm done with political correctness, it's killing us all.