My question involves animal law for the State of: New Mexico.
A little more than a month back I was severely injured in an accident and have been on heavy pain medication that knocks me out for days at a time. By the time I came to my senses it had been over a week and my lovely 18yr old fixed male was missing. I couldn't drive, barely could walk, so I do the next best thing by calling all around the area and had my family looking for me. We posted flyers, posted in the local papers under lost pets, and called the local shelter to no avail.
We have had a rash of these disappearances in our area but we live way out in the county so honestly we thought it was a bad case of coyotes might have been sweeping through our area. Well turns out all those calls to the local animal shelter were ignored, they have had my sweet cat this whole time along with many of the other cats from my area that are allowed to wander, we have wander laws since they are doing a service to the community by taking care of vermin. All our cats are fixed and tagged, but being ornery they do sometimes slip that collar. They have no way of checking for microchips at my local shelter, so we don't microchip simply because they can't look for them. The only way you could have gotten to my elderly cat was to literally come onto our property as he doesn't leave the house. Unfortunately I don't have proof of them being on my property other than foreign tire tracks into my front yard.
The shelter claims I have abandoned him, which I didn't I was just ill and couldn't physically come in right away. I went in this past Friday, identified him, which the shelter says he's on meds for a cold he caught while there and wouldn't be ready to go till Sunday. I went in Sunday and they said that he's on an extended dose of meds, he's still got a runny nose and to come back Wednesday or Thursday. I understand they don't release sick animals, that's fine, but their treatment of me and my search has been horrendous. They keep implying that I "might not get him back, but I probably will." Is there anything that I can do, can take in with me, ect. that would guarantee that I get him back?