The protest taking place outside Municipal Court has stirred up controversy in unexpected ways. Jo McInerny of the Animal Welfare Alliance said her fellow protester was assaulted outside of Albertsons by women who told her to “mind her own business.”
Fellow protester Kylie Walker said five women approached her as she was leaving the store. At first she thought she had bumped into one of them and was getting ready to apologize until they said the dog was none of her concern. “It was only then that I knew what they were talking about,” she said. One of the checkers came to her rescue.
Walker contends that animal cruelty is her concern. “When a dog is 40 pounds underweight, of course, it’s my concern.”
McInerny agrees. “If it hadn’t been for the employees, it probably would have come to blows. They gave her a nice little shove. It makes you wonder what kind of world we are living in when people blame those who are trying to help. … These people have no respect for life at all.”
According to Animal Services, Judge Larry Loy has ordered additional welfare checks on the boxer that sparked the protest. “Welfare checks in a case like this are standard,” said Animal Services supervisor Joseph Pacheco.
McInerny said she was pleased to hear about additional checks. “He (Loy) needs to order having the boxer neutered. The fact that the woman didn’t want the puppy, but picked up the boxer suggests that she plans on using her for breeding. She (the woman) just wants to make money from her (the dog).”
McInerny remains involved in many of the cruelty cases. She found a temporary foster home for the Chihuahua who suffered burns so severe that he had to have his ears amputated.
Dr. Leandro Gutierez gave a good report on the Chihuahua’s progress. Paws is doing well. The intravenous feedings have stopped and Paws will soon finish the antibiotics. “He’s eating and drinking on his own now. He’s a little shy still, but we let him run around the clinic when it’s not busy and we try to get as many people to handle him as possible so he will lose his fear of people.”
Gutierez said a staff member took Paws to the Blessing of the Animals at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Sunday.
Paws is going to be fostered until the courts decide his fate. “The mother already has expressed an interest in getting the dog back.”
Gutierrez believes returning the Chihuahua to his former environment would be an injustice. He noted that people have sent donations to help defray the cost of Paws’ care.
Pacheco acknowledged the mother of the 12-year-old boy who ignited Paws’ ears wanted the other three dogs that were impounded at the same time as Paws returned to her home. For now, though, the dogs will be retained by Animal Services. Their stay may be extended since the child was sent to Albuquerque for evaluation. “It will be for the courts to decide,” he said.
Paws’ new home was selected by the AWA to suit Paws’ special needs. “(The foster father) has got no other animals and he only works part time, so he can give Paws the love and attention he deserves,” said McInerny.