ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Oh, such outrage you folks had when news broke earlier this week that Rex, a canine cop, was stabbed three times in the back and bludgeoned with a bat as the brave and brawny dog was helping his Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department humans take down a violent suspect.
I get that. There’s a special place in hell for those who harm children and animals, I think.
But while those folks remain on earth, that special place is in court.
What happened to Rex – who, I hear, is recovering nicely, thank goodness – constitutes a crime against critters of the more extreme, felonious kind. Those cases are handled at the state district court level.
Metro Court in Albuquerque handles the less serious misdemeanor cases – most of them involving minor, but no less troubling, abuse and neglect offenses, as well as violations of city and county animal ordinances. That would include not having proper licensing, leashes, rabies shots, food and water or shelter, confining an animal on a chain or not confining an animal in a fenced yard. Barking dogs, dangerous dogs, dogs left in cars, too many dogs – all of those violations funnel in to Metro Court.