Dog’s legs snapped, center of cruelty case

Dogs legs broken x-ray

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s an especially disturbing case involving a small dog, and investigators said the family did nothing to get help. It took a phone call from someone else, for deputies to learn just how badly injured the pet was.

X-rays show the dog’s two front legs are snapped in half. On top of that, she was pregnant. By the time Animal Services found her, it was too late.

“Here you’re looking at the front of the body,” explained Matt Pepper with Bernalillo County Animal Care Services. X-rays show the two front legs on the 11 pound Chihuahua are clearly snapped in half.

“These injuries are not brand new, this didn’t occur right away,” said Pepper.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating it as a cruelty case. The dog was found at a home near Broadway and Rio Bravo last week, after someone called in a tip to Animal Services.

“The report was that one of them had been beaten and was severely injured,” said Pepper. There were other dogs on the property, but one pregnant female could barely move, her injuries were clear.

“That’s awful,” sadid Delilah Salcido, who lives nearby. “I don’t think I would be able to live with a dog in pain like that.” Salcido believes children may have gotten rough with the dog.

A vet said it’s legs were broken for five to 10 days.

“There’s a lot of questions over how this occurred whether or not the children were involved,” explained Pepper. “But regardless of how they occurred, to allow an animal to sit and walk or be in front of you everyday for five to 10 days, with two visibly broken legs, is in my opinion the very definition of cruelty.”

A vet said the dog was in excruciating pain. Along with her injuries, the x-rays show the soon-to-be mom was carrying five puppies.

“These are the puppies, those are the vertebrae,” said Pepper, pointing to the dog’s x-ray. A vet determined the injuries were so severe, the dog was euthanized. The puppies didn’t make it.

At least three other dogs remain on the family’s property, since authorities said the other dogs appeared in good shape.

So far, no one has faced charges in this case. The dog’s owner told Animal Services they knew the dog’s legs were broken for days.

Animal Services said they’ll continue to check up on the other dogs still on the property. 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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