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Stray Dog Roundup in Socorro

Stray Dog Roundup in Socorro
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:35am

SOCORRO - Police and other Socorro city employees picked up seven dogs Wednesday and brought them to the El Paso County animal control center.

Public Informatiomn officer David Garcia says the operation will continue through this summer, as a way to protect people and the animals themselves.

The stray dog sweep comes after Socorro resident Marguerita Mendoza fell under the attack of two pit bulls last week as she walked along a canal.  The dogs ran across an open field and pounced on her.

Mendoza says " I knew I was going to be killed because they were so ferocious.  They knocked me over, I got up, they knocked me over again.  I had a big stick, but there were two of them together.

Mendoza suffered severe dog bites to her upper arm and has other injuries.  Two passersby in a truck rescued her.

Socorro officers arrived at one home where a man's German Shepherd had escaped the yard onto Socorro Road.  Officers chased the dog back onto the owner's property where an argument  ensued.  The man said they had no right to enter his property and that the dog's actions were not his fault.

Police cited the man for having a dog without a current license or rabies vaccination. In the end, the man insisted that the police take his dog. The shepherd is now at the county animal control center.

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