T he Roswell Police Department arrested a 27-year-old Roswell man on charges of extreme animal cruelty, Sunday. New Mexico statutes define extreme cruelty to animals as any act where a person intentionally tortures, mutilates, injures or poisons an animal or maliciously kills an animal.
The affidavit of criminal complaint outlined the severity and the injuries the dog, named “Buddy,” sustained. On Dec. 20, a woman allegedly learned from her boyfriend that his 2-month-old puppy had been hit by a car. He said he threw the dog, Buddy, because it would not stop whining, and after throwing the dog, the dog’s left leg became incapable of movement.
According to the criminal complaint, Emerson E. Quam admitted to her that he had killed dogs previously, and he was angry at her because she was paying more attention to the puppy than to him. Quam had taken pictures of the animal and texted her in the past after he injured the puppy.
The records state the woman left with the dog, unwilling to leave him with Quam after hearing about this abuse. The documentation also reports that two days later, she returned with the dog, and the two began to argue. Quam grabbed the dog and began punching Buddy in the face, saying this is what he was going to do to her. She attempted to escape a second time with the dog, but Quam seized the puppy by the nape of the neck and body-slammed him into the ground several times.
The records disclose that after the dog was subjected to this treatment, the puppy tried to get up, but was unable to stand. The woman brought the dog directly to the police. The officer observed that the dog’s back was crooked, his left leg limp, and he could not stand on its own. The area around the puppy’s nose appeared scratched. In addition, Buddy had blood coming from his nose.
An Animal Control officer picked up the puppy from the police department and took it to the Casa Qierencia Animal Health Center. The veterinarian Dr. Leandro Gutierrez reported the back left leg was swollen and the left eye bruised, with blood resulting from the trauma. Areas of injury were listed as body, head and pelvis. Buddy had to be euthanized.
Sgt. Jimmy Preston said the police have requested a full necropsy, or autopsy, on the puppy be completed to ascertain the full extent of its injuries. “This guy has serious issues.”
Extreme animal cruelty is a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico. A defendant convicted of a fourth-degree felony faces up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $5,000. With extreme animal cruelty, the court may order a person to participate in an animal cruelty prevention program, an animal cruelty education program, or to obtain psychological counseling for treatment of a mental health disorder.
Quam was taken to Chaves County Detention Center, with a $5,000 cash-only bond.