‘PET’ program targets animal abusersNovember 30th, 2011 at 5:53 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
Bernalillo County is launching a new program to go after people who neglect or abuse their pets.
The effort by county Animal Care Services has been dubbed PET-Proactive Enforcement Team.
The goal is to spot animal abuse cases and address them quickly without waiting for someone to report the situation.
“If you have an animal, you have a responsibility,” Matt Pepper, director of Bernalillo County Animal Care, said. “And that is to understand what’s required of you and understand the needs of your animal and fulfill the needs of your animal.”
The case of Ferdinand the calf led to the new project, according to officials.
When Ferdinand’s mother was found stuck in a mud pit, the owner shot and killed her and then left the calf to die.
Ferdinand was rescued and today is healthy.