Group tackles stray animal problem at Isleta Pueblo

Dog in animal shelter
Dog in animal shelter

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (KRQE) – Unwanted and stray animals are a growing problem on reservations.

At Isleta Pueblo, animal control says many animals run free. Since January, around 100 have been picked up by animal control.

“They don’t have the opportunity to get the spay or neuter done and our impounds increase month to month,” said Esquipula Garcia of the Pueblo of Isleta Animal Control.

Over the weekend, a group stepped in to help.

“There’s a $20 dollar copay but it includes surgery, microchip, the shots, and the rabies vaccine,” said Emma Shin, Director of Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue.

Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue normally saves animals in Colorado. They’re now helping keep strays off the streets here.

“Without this organization, we would have more abandoned animals and litters running around in the reservation,” said Garcia.

For Josh Gonzales, he can now make sure his puppy CoCo is taken care of.

“It helped us a lot and we don’t have that much money to spend,” said Gonzales. “We hardly have enough money to give for ourselves.”

Besides CoCo, there was also a room full of animals waiting for surgery. The hope is that the clinic will help keep the overpopulation problem under control.

“It’s bad seeing them without a family or home,” said Gonzales. 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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