Dog owner acquitted of keeping vicious animals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A woman whose three dogs attacked and killed a Maltese mix has been acquitted of keeping vicious animals, but was convicted on other charges for not having her boxer and two pit bulls licensed or properly vaccinated for rabies.

Prosecutor Nina Eydelman told the Albuquerque Journal after Maria Escamilla’s verdict that the charges of dogs running loose could support a sentence reflecting greater culpability, although the charges involving the Maltese’s death were more egregious.

Max Pines, who defended Escamilla, says his client didn’t know the dogs were dangerous.

Pines says Escamilla has complied with administrative remedies ordered, such including a $100,000 insurance policy covering each dog and having a fence of adequate height.

The attack on the Maltese mix occurred in late April. 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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