LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana Country officials are going after dangerous dogs and their owners.
The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department recently announced that animal control officers will step up enforcement of state laws regulating owners of vicious canines.
The move comes after county authorities say they’ve seen an increase in reports of dangerous dogs attacking people. On Wednesday, two loose pit bulls attacked a Las Cruces man and his dog during a morning walk.
State law requires the owners of any breed of dog that is deemed potentially dangerous have a permit. Owners also must meet several requirements, including a current rabies vaccination and microchip.
Owners in violation face misdemeanor charges.