Only one of the four dogs – a female Queensland heeler mix that was found shot and wounded, as previously reported, on Jan. 22 – has survived.
After an announcement Wednesday that two other dogs had been shot to death in la Cienega, a fourth shooting, also fatal, was reported by the dog’s owner, according to Mendoza.
“We are looking for any information on the (other) dog owners and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the dogs,” said Mendoza. Authorities are not sure if the shootings are linked, but they all took place within a three-mile radius, Mendoza said.
“We don’t have any suspects right now,” he added.
His office is awaiting details from the owner of the latest dog that was killed.
The owner has an idea of when but is unsure of where the shooting took place and there is no information yet on the dog’s breed, Mendoza said.
In the first incident from Jan. 22, the heeler mix, estimated to be about 18 months-old, was shot in the leg and neck. The dog was found on La Luna Road and is recovering after surgery at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
In the second case, two unneutered male dogs were found shot dead near County 56 and County Road 54 A in the Ranchos de las Golondrinas area on Jan. 28. One dog was shot in the neck and the other in a front leg and the head.
Both dogs had long, golden brown fur. One weighed 80 pounds and the other 45, and they were possibly father and son.
Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of “those responsible for these cruel acts,” Animal Protection said in a news release.
Anyone with information, which can be given anonymously, may call the state Attorney General’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Hot Line at 877-5-HUMANE (877-548-6263).
“We encourage anyone with information on these dogs or the shootings to come forward,” Mendoza said.