Shelter: Bad breeding a big problem

Poodles without legs
Officials say bad breeding is causing big problems for animals.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They’re a pair of poodle puppies who had a sad start but are on their way to a happy life. Combined, Frida and Diego have enough legs for one normal dog. The pair are both missing both front legs. They were found on the street and brought to the city shelter by a good samaritan. Because both have the same problem, the shelter believes it’s a result of bad breeding.

“It’s pretty uncommon but you know I don’t think I’d say it’s extremely rare,” said Nicole Vigil, the city’s senior veterinarian. “We do commonly see animals missing a limb or having a heart condition.”

One pit mix named Kiara currently in the shelter has an adult body but puppy legs.

A shelter spokesperson says inbreeding and bad breeding haven’t gotten any better in recent years. Vigil says a lot of the problem comes from people wanting the experience of having kittens or puppies. The shelter says if people want to do that they can help foster a litter of their own for a few weeks as part of the city’s foster program.

Seeing animals with these kinds of problems leaves the shelter workers in a tough spot. They have to determine whether the animals can live a happy life or whether they need to put them down.

For Frida and Diego a foster family helped the shelter both make that determination and find the pair a permanent home. They were adopted out on Thursday. 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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