SANTA FE – A Santa Fe magistrate judge has dismissed the case against a Chimayó man charged with 34 counts of illegal trapping, on grounds that the New Mexico Game and Fish Department failed to serve the man with a search warrant and failed to preserve evidence.
Marty Cordova was charged in February 2019, three months after a neck snare he allegedly placed near a hiking trail snagged and strangled a dog at Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area north of Española. The dog choked to death while its owner, who frequently took the lake for walks, desperately tried free her from the trap.
The case garnered considerable media attention and led legislators to introduce a bill that would have banned the use of traps on public lands nicknamed “Roxy’s Law,” named for the 8-year-old blue heeler mix who was strangled. But the bill failed to pass.
The legislation was backed by the advocacy group Animal Protection of New Mexico.