- Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The state’s inspector general is investigating allegations that the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department allowed dangerous animals to be placed with families.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1bvOFS9) department director Barbara Bruin is the subject of a complaint filed in late March by two upper-level employees who say she tried to “pull the plug” on the investigation, and keep evidence of dangerous dog adoptions from investigators.

Bruin denies the allegations. Behavior tests for animals are recorded as pass or fail, but Bruin said that isn’t the only factor in whether animals are eligible for adoption. The department is in the process of revising its assessment policies.

Jim Ludwick, the department’s second in command, and Carolyn Hidalgo, program manager and animal behavior specialist, claim 132 dangerous dogs were adopted out in 2014.


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

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