NEW MEXICO team advises tougher policy on dangerous dog adoptions

June 26, 2015

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By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter

PUBLISHED: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

 

Copyright © 2015 Albuquerque Journal

 

A newly released report concludes the city’s Animal Welfare Department adopted out dogs to the public that would have met the legal definition of “dangerous” had they been privately owned, and did so without providing adequate written notice to the new owners.

 

The “Tiger Team” investigation by three city officials from outside the department also found top administrators at times overrode decisions by professional staff who had concluded certain dogs should be euthanized for behavior problems, and that volunteers had too much power in countermanding staff decisions on euthanasia.

 

The team also advised raising the minimum $100,000 liability insurance required of owners of dogs in the community that are designated as dangerous.

 

Meanwhile, about half of the nearly 100 people who last year adopted shelter dogs that failed standardized behavior tests have reported back to the city, saying they had no problems with their new pets. The rest haven’t responded.

 

The Tiger Team was dispatched as part of the city administration’s response to a complaint filed by two Animal Welfare managers who in late March contended the city was jeopardizing public safety by adopting out dangerous dogs….

 

 

 

http://www.abqjournal.com/603822/news/tougher-policy-for-dangerous-dog-adoptions.html

http://tinyurl.com/p3rfdwb

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter

PUBLISHED: Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:05 am

Copyright © 2015 Albuquerque Journal

A newly released report concludes the city’s Animal Welfare Department adopted out dogs to the public that would have met the legal definition of “dangerous” had they been privately owned, and did so without providing adequate written notice to the new owners.

 

The “Tiger Team” investigation by three city officials from outside the department also found top administrators at times overrode decisions by professional staff who had concluded certain dogs should be euthanized for behavior problems, and that volunteers had too much power in countermanding staff decisions on euthanasia.

The team also advised raising the minimum $100,000 liability insurance required of owners of dogs in the community that are designated as dangerous.

Meanwhile, about half of the nearly 100 people who last year adopted shelter dogs that failed standardized behavior tests have reported back to the city, saying they had no problems with their new pets. The rest haven’t responded.

The Tiger Team was dispatched as part of the city administration’s response to a complaint filed by two Animal Welfare managers who in late March contended the city was jeopardizing public safety by adopting out dangerous dogs….