Recently, New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better (NMDDB) was invited by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department & Bernalillo County Animal Services to join them in their FIGHT against animal cruelty. A partnership was formed & NMDDB is now part of the Bernalillo County Animal Cruelty Task Force. BC ACT is made up of over 20 BCSD deputies, Lt. Andi Taylor, BCAS director Mathew Pepper, his team of animal welfare field officers, Angela Stell & Brittany Nelson of NMDDB & the VILLAGE that supports us. Together we emerge onto the streets of Albuquerque’s South Valley, on foot, in vehicles, door to door, backyard to backyard looking for animal welfare ordinance violations, animal cruelty & neglect of any kind, chaining violations & outstanding warrants. Citations are written, summons are issued & arrests are made on the spot. We are also there to provide education, resources, supplies & support to those that want to do better by thier animal companions. But often is the case that animals must be siezed immediately from a situation…..such was the case for SHERIFF!
On March 29, 2012 BC ACT we briefed for our first mission, later dubbed the “South Valley Sweep”. Spanning 6 hours, on foot we covered a mere 2 miles of our 10 mile target area. 70 violations were issued, 6 arrests were made for animal cruelty & SHERIFF was one of 14 dogs siezed. Apparent was the dog tethered in the front of the house, but what was not as obvious was the huddled little brown Pittie near the back of the house, hidden in the darkness of the shadows. I callled to him, expecting him to at least let me know he saw us. Nothing. More deputies & ACO’s began to gather to the front of the fence. We whistled, we jumped around, we gave it our best to ensue some sort of reaction. Still nothing. I began tossing treats as far as I could in his direction, he did’nt move. More treats, closer…finally he struggled to reach them, but he could’nt. Both of his back legs were broken. It was a swift decision made to gain entry onto the property & out came the bolt cutters. SHERIFF was immediately removed, loaded into the truck & taken to Albq Animal Services where he would receive medcal attention. NMDDB worked together with the shelter, BCSD (who will be handling all of the charges on SHERIFF’s behalf), BernCo Animal Services & took SHERIFF into our care under protective custody. It was imperative that SHERIFF recieve the extensive medical treatment he required & in a timely manner.
SHERIFF is barely a year old & has suffered severe multiple fractures, as a result of trauma, in both of his rear legs. His injuries were weeks, if not months old, severe & extremely painful. He lay for who knows how long, waiting day in, day out…night after night. Did he cry out? Or was he just quietly praying for someone to find him, for someone to help him….or maybe just for the pain to go away 😦 SHERIFF also suffers from a case of demodectic mange & once his legs are all healed, could really stand to gain a few pounds!!
I believe that from the moment SHERIFF saw us at that fence, from the moment I called out to him…he knew we were there to help him. He came with us so willingly, in the arms of his rescuer ACO. Not once did he struggle or object. He was ready! Now SHERIFF is recovering from the first of hopefully only two scheduled surgeries he will need to be fully mobile agian. But we are confident he will make a complete recovery, pain free & finally able to have the LIFE he has always DESERVED! SHERIFF stands for something!! He speaks for the MANY that are forgotten, suffering, still out there waiting for THEIR task force to find them!! SHERIFF also speaks for the power of commitment, TEAMwork & a zero tolerance attitude towards animal cruelty! He tells a story of a how a TEAM of dedicated individuals CAN come together to make a difference. It is our hope that SHERIFF’s story will travel far & send a very clear message. IF YOU HARM, NEGLECT, VIOLATE OR REFUSE MEDICAL CARE TO an animal in your care, there will be consequences. I have the utmost respect for the combined departments that had a proactive vision for the community they serve & made it a reality. And I am honored that they invited us to join them on this journey.
SHERIFF’s journey to whole again will be a long one….but we will WALK with him, supporting him, each step of the way. He has a very bright future ahead as the officail BC ACT spokesdog, teaching kids that cruelty & neglect is WRONG & should not be tolerated on any level. Serving as an example of punitive consequence & punishment…ultimately setting the stage for other dogs rescued on these missions. Promoting responsible canine guardianship, & A Positive Pit Bull image….bringing a SMILE to the faces of many along the way! He has a very important job ahead of him!!
But right now what is most important is that SHERIFF receive all of the LOVING care & medical attention he so deperately needs. We are planning some exciting fundraising events that will benefit not only SHERIFF, but the many dgos already in the NMDDB program, as well as many forgotten DOGS across the state. A 5-10k walk is being organized by the BCSD with all proceeds going to NMDDB. Details will be announced as they become available. But right now, it is a grass roots RESCUE effort that has SAVED this kids life. We took this on, knowing in our hearts that this one little dog could make a big difference in the life of many & with the faith that we would find the support we need to see it through. Please SHARE the story of SHERIFF & follow him on his journey. Donate to the SHERIFF RESCUE FUND to assist NMDDB in providing him with the best orthopedic & post op care possible. We are currently collecting funds to support this rescue via a chip in (link attached), checks made out to NMDDB noted SHERIFF sent to our mailing address, CC donations over the phone made directly to Petroglyphs Animal Hospital or via our website PayPal button.
**CHIP IN link ~ http://newmexicodogsdeservebetter.chipin.com/please-help-sheriff-fight-animal-cruelty-donate-to-his-medical-fund-today
**Petroglyphs Animal Hospital
Tell them you would like to make a donation to NMDDB SHERIFF’s account
** www.newmexicodogsdeservebetter.org to securely DONATE via PayPal
SHERIFF is currently residing in a wonderful & experienced NMDDB foster home. He is on strict after care instructions & receiving treatment for demodectic mange as he recovers from his first orthopedic procedure. He is eating well, in good spirits & not in any pain that we can tell. As a matter of fact, we think he must be feeling pretty good, becuase he already wants to Pittie wiggle around MUCH more than he should. That is a big no no 😦 so we need to make sure he stays as occupied as caninely possible while his body has some time to heal. That is why we would LOVE for SHERIFF to receive many mentally stimulating toys & games he can play in his crate. (Buster Cubes! Balls with treats in them! Kong Wobblers! Puppy Puzzles! the list goes on & on…) SHERIFF also LOVES stuffed animals & cozy bedding, chewies he can gnaw on & Kongs we can stuff!! SHERRIF will have weeks of post op recovery & physical therapy from this first sugery alone. This is going to be quite a challenge for a young DOG that will only feel better & better as the days go by…YAY!!!!!
We are asking that any care packages be addressed to:
7820 Enchanted Hills Blvd. ste A-112
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
NMDDB is a 501(c)3 non profit, NM registered charity. All donations are tax deductible. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if a donation reciept is desired. NMDDB is an ALL VOLUNTEER rescue organization. This means that every cent of every dolllar goes directly to the dogs in our care. We rely soley on the generosity of those that support this important work. Without YOU, there is no NMDDB. Please consider making a donation today to this very worthy organization & our mission “WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BETTER THE LIFE OF A DOG, WE WILL DO IT WITH FIERCE DETERMINATION”!
NMDDB will be updating SHERIFF’s journey often, sharing with his followers the progress he is making & plans for his future. We are working closely with the BCSD on all charges filed agianst SHERIFF’s former guardian. Until SHERIFF’s court date, he will remain with NMDDB under protective custody status. It willl ultimaltely be up to a judge to decide SHERIFF’s fate. But we are confident, with all the evidence we have gathered & the dedication of his prosecutory team, costody of SHERIFF will be awarded to NMDDB.
As we said, this little dog has a big job ahead of him……PLEASE HELP SHERIFF FIGHT ANIMAL CRUELTY!!
for the LOVE of DOG….Thank you for your help and concern!
Courtesy of NMDDB http://newmexicodogsdeservebetter.org/