- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The head of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department is stepping down in the wake of complaints about dog adoptions and euthanasia.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1L7Hv57) Thursday that executive director Barbara Bruin will remain in her role until next month and then become an adviser for programs involving pet overpopulation.

Bruin was at the center of an investigation after several shelter workers alleged potentially dangerous dogs were adopted out, even after they had harmed humans or other animals.

City inspectors found Bruin had overruled staff decisions on euthanasia and violated city ordinances.

The report led to Mayor Richard Berry signing legislation to add four additional behavioral and adoption specialists to the department.

Berry was the one who appointed Bruin to the job in 2009.

No replacement for her was announced.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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