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It’s going to get down to 0 in Santa Fe and -10 in Taos in the next couple of days, with wind chills much colder. Dogs should not be left outside in this weather. Below are Santa Fe City and County ordinances (fuzzy, but at least there is something) related to shelter and numbers to call if you see an animal in danger (of freezing to death). Even with shelter those fur coats can’t keep them warm enough in these temperatures. I remember hearing about a person who dropped off a frozen dog at the SF Shelter awhile back.  It’s a terrible way to die.

Taos Animal Control:
Call Central Dispatch 575-758-3361

Rio Arriba Animal Control (Espanola):
Call (505)753-2992, after hours call Central Dispatch (505) 753-5555.

Las Vegas Animal Control:

Call:  505-454-1401 or 426-3288

Santa Fe City Animal Services Ordinance:
To contact an AS Officer call: 505-955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.

Outside housing shall be sufficient to protect animals from sunlight, rain, snow or cold weather that may be detrimental to the animals' health.
5-8.3 Neglect. No person shall fail, refuse or neglect to provide an animal in his or her charge or custody with proper food, clean water, shade, ventilation, necessary medical care, basic grooming which is necessary for the health of the animal, or shelter which shall be a weatherproof and structurally sound enclosure large enough to accommodate the animal. (Ordained as Code 1973, § 4-34 by Ord. #1979-2, § 4-34; SFCC 1981, § 6-8-4; Ord. #2004-20, § 30)

Santa Fe County Animal Control Ordinance:
To contact an AC Officer call 505-992-1626. On weekends and holidays, call Sheriff's dispatch at 428-3720.

Animal enclosures must be provided which allow adequate protection against all weather extremes….. building temperatures shall be maintained at a comfortable level….

All animals shall have fresh, potable water available at all times. Water vessels shall be mounted or secured in a manner that prevents tipping…

The animal must have easy and constant access to adequate shelter, food and potable water.

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Comment by Lily Azures on January 10, 2011 at 5:16pm
great info Julie. Ben, it's a wonderful article.
Comment by Sloan Cunningham on January 2, 2011 at 11:29pm
Thank you Julie for compiling information in case and hoping people will notice and assist canine and feline and other animal companions in need.
Baby it's cold outside.
Comment by Julie L on January 1, 2011 at 2:58pm
Thank you for that article Ben!  I was happy to see that in the paper.  I cut the dog walk short today too. 
Comment by Ben Swan on December 31, 2010 at 4:57pm
My poor pups were freezing their little paws off today on our walk. We cut it short.
Comment by Ben Swan on December 31, 2010 at 4:56pm

Here's what I wrote for The New Mex, thanks to APNM:


Snowy weather and freezing temperatures have prompted animal-welfare groups to urge animal owners to protect their critters or bring them inside.

It’s not only the right thing to do for the animals, but it’s also the law, according to Animal Protection of New Mexico.

The state’s cruelty law mandates that animals be provided with adequate shelter and most local city and county ordinances contain provisions for shelter requirements. Companion animals, such as dogs and cats,
should be allowed indoors as much as possible, especially during weather
extremes. When animals must be outside, the animal-welfare group offers a few
tips to ensure animals protection and to be in compliance with the law:

• A weatherproof shelter should be large enough to accommodate the animal, yet small enough to retain heat;

• The shelter should be protected on all sides from the elements, have a door and contain dry, insulating bedding such as straw;

• Animal housing should be raised off the ground a few inches, be shingled to keep out moisture, and positioned so that the doorway is out of the wind.

All animals left outdoors, including horses and livestock, should be provided with extra food during cold weather, according to the news release. Livestock should have a windbreak and fresh water should be available

The group urges who see animals in danger to contact local animal control officers or call the Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force hot line, 1-877-5-HUMANE.

Comment by Claudia Inoue on December 31, 2010 at 4:11pm

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