Roswell vet could have license revoked

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- The former veterinarian for a controversial city shelter had some questions to answer. A state board was drilling him about the large number of complaints against him during his time at the Roswell Animal Shelter.

Dr. Leandro Gutierrez worked for the city for almost ten years, but the outcome of this hearing could cost him his veterinary license.

The Roswell Animal Shelter has been the source of controversy for a long time, with rescue groups and community members speaking out about the treatment of animals at the shelter.

Now the vet who was in charge of running the shelter could lose his license.

At a hearing Thursday in front of the New Mexico Veterinary Board, Dr. Gutierrez told his side of the story.

The attorney general’s office rested its case against Gutierrez, making many claims against the condition of the shelter saying kennels were dirty, and animals were neglected.

On Thursday, Gutierrez addressed some of those 40 complaints individually.

What happens next is in the hands of the state vet board. Gutierrez could have his license suspended or revoked.

Dr. Gutierrez worked for the city up until July of last year when his contract ran out. 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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