- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A top animal shelter official’s lawsuit against the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is settled for $90,000.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1OusNDU ) Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley executive director Beth Vesco-Mock filed her lawsuit over malicious abuse of process and defamation of character that she says she experienced when misdemeanor charges were filed against her.

A prosecutor dismissed the charges.

Former sheriff’s office animal cruelty coordinator Curtis Childress had said Vesco-Mock failed to immediately turn in microchip information for a dog in a livestock attack.

Childress is now retired.

County and city officials oversee the taxpayer-owned shelter.

County attorney Nelson Goodin says nobody involved in the case admits guilt.

The county is responsible for $25,000 of the settlement and its insurer is covering the rest.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com


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