Former livestock inspector not guilty of animal cruelty

VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A judge ruled a former New Mexico livestock inspector is not guilty of animal cruelty.

B.J. Winchester set a leg hold trap in his backyard in Los Chavez in Valencia County back in March.

He said it was to protect his small livestock from stray dogs but it trapped his neighbor’s Chihuahua instead.

Winchester went on trial Monday.

KRQE News 13 spoke with animal control Thursday about the acquittal, they were disappointed and say what Winchester did was illegal.

The livestock board told News 13 that they fired Winchester last month but they would not comment on why.

The dog was okay and her owner will get a ticket because her dog was loose. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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