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Sheriff's office warns of animal abuse scam

EL PASO, Texas, (KTSM) - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is warning Borderland residents about a letter, allegedly from the sheriff’s office, about a case of animal abuse or neglect.

The sheriff’s office says the letter is a fake, and does not come from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the fake letter includes a description of the dog allegedly being abused, alleges that surveillance on the animal was conducted, and instructs the recipient to contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit.

The sheriff’s office says its animal unit does not and will never mail a notice of this type. They say that in any case of suspected animal abuse deputies attempt to contact the owner directly, or leave a notice stating the specific violation at the animal owner’s home.

If you’ve received a letter from the sheriff’s office that you believe is false, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office directly at (915) 832-4408, or the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400.

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