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ABQ names Animal Welfare director

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal

The city of Albuquerque announced Carolyn Ortega as the new director of the Animal Welfare Department during a news conference Tuesday.

Ortega replaces interim Director Leon Espinosa, who took over in January after Danny Nevarez left the position unannounced.

“Continuing forward, I will be working on making sure the mayor’s visions for the AWD are seen to fruition,” Ortega said. “We need the families in Albuquerque to know you can all play a role – please keep adopting pets from shelters.”

After the announcement about Ortega, city officials donning face masks held a socially distanced ribbon cutting ceremony for a renovated play area at the Eastside Animal Shelter.

Following Nevarez’s departure from the Animal Welfare Department, the inspector general launched an investigation into how the department recorded animal euthanization after an anonymous tip alleged malpractice.

In late February, the IG determined the allegation was unsubstantiated.

According to the city website, the AWD has resumed the intake process and can perform in-person intakes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Adoptions have also resumed, but those interested in adopting an animal must schedule an appointment at the Eastside or Westside shelter from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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