Stray animals becoming a problem in Portales

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE)- Portales is being overrun by stray animals and many of them are being left for dead.

Animal Control says it’s doing everything it can but now it’s asking people to do their part.

Officials say they pick up around 20 to 30 stray animals a week and with only 36 cages the place is almost always full.

“For whatever reason, it’s hard economic times, they can’t support their animals so they will either bring them in or we have the problem with them dumping them out on the side of the road or just abandoning,” said Detective Charlie Smart, spokesperson for Portales Police and Animal Control.

Animal control also blames it on people not spaying and neutering their pets.

Officials at the animal control shelter say the big problem in Roosevelt County is all the feral cats which are almost impossible to find homes for because of their aggressive nature. Officials say the shelter euthanizes those feral cats if it can’t find homes for them within three days.

The animal shelter in Portales is the only one in Roosevelt County and they say they’re doing everything they can to control the problem.

“We have two full-time animal control officers and they are very proactive. They get out on patrol and try to pick these animals up,” said Smart. 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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