Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Well-Placed Call Best Way To Deal With Animal Neglect.

Byline: Country Comment SALLIE PENNYBACKER For the Journal

A recent television report about a horse found starving in the Los Lunas area comes as a sad and unwelcome report during this season that celebrates the spirit of good will and giving. Mercifully, the horse was humanely put down, and perhaps now he flies with the angels.

It's not a popular topic at any time of the year, but perhaps this tale of animal neglect also can create a moment of human awareness that may prevent such a situation occurring again. That's always a hope.

So with a bow to "Black Beauty", the Victorian era book against horse cruelty, perhaps a few paragraphs here can provide a 21st century update for greater Albuquerque.

We contacted our resident expert, Barbara Tellier, president and founder of the volunteer Alliance Against Animal Abuse who has been dealing with large and small animal cruelty complaints for 15 years. She and her five-member board have been working with local and state agencies and are dedicated to "keeping their feet to the fire" toward ensuring that cruelty complaints are not ignored or lost in the shuffle. …

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