Council to discuss controversial shelter proposal

Council to discuss controversial animal shelter policy

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A controversial proposal is expected to be discussed by Rio Rancho city councilors this week.

If it passes, strays could be euthanized sooner at the animal shelter.

Councilor Chuck Wilkins says it will help the city save tens of thousands a dollars a year and help free up space for animals that need to be quarantined.

The proposal includes reducing time strays would be allowed to stay in the shelter from seven days to three before euthanized. The amendment also includes raising the fees to a flat rate of $100.

Right now it costs $89 if the animal is not sterilized or $44 if the animal is already sterilized. 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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