Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

30 Pets Found Abandoned.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Michael Davis Journal Staff Writer

* Property owner says former renters left cats and dogs behind

About 30 pets lived amid trash and excrement in an abandoned mobile home in Placitas for at least two weeks before Sandoval County sheriff deputies and the county animal control officer removed them.

Delina McKnight, who owns the property abandoned by renters, said Friday that she went to the Sandoval County Sheriff's Department and animal control officer for help with the situation roughly two weeks ago when she discovered the animals, but offiers turned her away. She had been renting the house out until about a month ago.

Undersheriff Tim Lucero said on Friday the case is still under investigation and the animal owners, who were the previous renters of the home, may be charged with animal cruelty. …

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