Newspaper ad featuring dead dogs sparks controversy

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The animal shelter controversy in Roswell is heating up again.

An ad in the local newspaper detailing how many dogs have been euthanized since a new adoption policy went into effect is not sitting well with the city.

Nearly 250 animals at the local shelter have been put down since mid-June.

Animal activists are trying to bring attention to that number, but one city councilor says they’re doing it the wrong way.

Just passed the Roswell Daily Record’s sports page and under the daily horoscopes is a mssive ad featuring 62 dogs killed by the Roswell Animal Control.

The ad, paid for by a rescue, claims all of the animals ranging from just 16 weeks old to 6 years old were euthanized because of the city’s new rescue adoption policy.

“If we’re not making legitimate entities prove who they are and what they’re doing we could be giving them to someone whose doing dog fighting or something else,” said Roswell City Councilor Caleb Grant.

The new policy requires all rescues prove they’re a non-profit and agree to random inspections.

It went into effect in June after three pit-bull mixes escaped from a local rescue and mauled a 9-year-old boy.

Since the attack, the city’s been under fire for the number of animals it has put down.

In the last month 247 dogs and cats have been euthanized.

Animal activists say it’s because fewer rescues are now eligible to adopt.

“We take in 10 to 20 animals a day and we only have 70 cages to hold them,” said Grant.

Grant says the city needs to do a better job addressing the issue.

“Whether it be social media, a website on letting people know or even having adoptathons,” he said.

Grant says an ad like the one the rescues bought doesn’t help the cause.

In fact, he says he felt so strongly about it he too went to the local newspaper this week and wrote back to the rescue asking them why they’re bashing the people they want to help them.

“Why not taking an ad out on animals that could have been adopted Monday or Tuesday or something along those lines?” said Grant.

According to the Roswell Daily Record, it would cost someone more than $500 to run an ad like the rescue did in the paper.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the rescue. They didn’t want to comment

The city says it’s working with other rescues to get shelter dogs adopted.

They’ve also extended animal control hours to make more adoptions possible.

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