Las Vegas police to press charges against owners of severely neglected dogs

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) – About a week ago, Las Vegas Police and Animal Control found five dogs neglected and in terrible condition. Now, they plan on pressing charges.

“The first few dogs came in and their skeletons were visible, and they were in poor body condition,” said Martina Holguin of AWC Pet Center.

Five dogs were seized from a home last Wednesday. Police and animal control were called after a neighbor reported their condition, saying they were neglected.

“They were malnourished, and they weren’t being fed enough or being taken care of properly. They were on a 3-foot chain,” said Manuel Silva of Las Vegas Animal Control.

Out of the five, the one that stood out the most was a dog named Hubble. He was severely emaciated.

“They were open wounds, maggots coming from everywhere,” said Holguin.

Hubble was taken to a special animal rescue shelter in Rio Rancho for treatment.

The others are being taken care of at the shelter.

“Right now, they’re being taken care of at the shelter, and we’re trying to get at the nourishment they should be at,” said Silva.

Police say the owners aren’t off the hook and they plan on pressing charges. “Animal neglect is a fourth degree felony. We are currently working on that. I have one of my investigators drafting it up,” said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montano.

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