Animal group accuses officer of hindering efforts

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Some Tucumcari animal rescue group volunteers say their efforts are being hindered by lack of cooperation from city Animal Control Officer Mike Martinez.

The group has been working to find homes for dogs, cats and other animals.

In January, rescue volunteer Christina Fleming reported the group had found homes for 50 dogs in search of a second chance.

Fleming said while one of the problems the group had been facing was the need for more volunteers to aid in the posting of these animals on Petfinder.com, there are other concerns.

Fleming said one of the main concerns is Martinez.

“His treatment of myself and the volunteers is unkind … ,” Fleming said.

Fleming said Martinez has not consistently met with the group’s volunteers when they have made pre-scheduled appointments to visit the City’s kennel.

Fleming said she believes on several occasions Martinez has not contacted the group when there are dogs suitable for placement.

Martinez could not be reached for comment and City Manager Bobbye Rose said Martinez is not allowed to speak to the media on the issue. Rose said she was aware of complaints and would investigate.

She wrote in an e-mail the city is working on a “Memorandum of Understanding” so everyone will know what their roles, responsibilities, and limits of authority are.

“I believe this should take care of the issues,” Rose said “We take community complaints very seriously and are working to resolve these issues.”