Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Council Bill Urges Animal Shelter Fixes.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Albuquerque officials need to start making changes at the city's animal shelters, according to a bill introduced by Councilor Michael Brasher.

Brasher's bill follows a series of public meetings and a report by the Humane Society of the United States, which evaluated the city's two pounds in May as part of a lawsuit alleging cruelty and mistreatment.

It directs the city to hire a full-time veterinarian for the Animal Services Division, to implement "without delay" the Humane Society's recommendations that don't require additional money, and to submit a request for funding for the others.

Some of the changes that should be easy to make are signs that give hours of operations, maps to other shelters, or adjusting the hours so that people can reclaim their pets after work or on Sundays and holidays, Brasher said. …

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