ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 told you earlier this week about an animal shelter in Alamogordo rescuing dozens of what they say were neglected and abused Old English Bulldogs.
Now people are angry about the adoption prices.
Some say they are no better than the puppy mill they took them from, but the shelter says they are not apologizing.
Animal Village NM in Alamogordo says it spent thousands of dollars the past few weeks rescuing dozens of Old English Bulldogs from an abandoned puppy mill in Las Cruces.
The price tag for one of the puppies is listed at $2,200.
“It’s definitely not the moral thing to do especially if she wants to get these dogs out to good homes to loving families,” said Dawn Wagner, an Alamogordo woman interested in adopting one of the puppies.
This isn’t the first time the non-profit shelter has been accused of trying to make money off rescued animals. A google search of the shelter brought up a mix of reviews.
Some are accusing the group of taking animals from other shelters and then adopting them out at inflated prices, saying it’s just a business venture for a woman who knows marketing and PR.
Others defended the shelter saying that “if you think animal village is making a profit, you are an ignorant fool”.
The shelter’s director defended the adoption prices saying it costs $20,000 a month to stay open and that this particular rescue put them another $10,000 in the hole.
The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office says while it understands people have been suspicious of the shelter’s motives and prices, it doesn’t believe the shelter is breaking any laws.