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Albuquerque overhauls policy for adoptions at city dog shelters


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Albuquerque is changing policies surrounding its animal shelters following a report that found dangerous dogs were being adopted.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1iTDaIu) that Mayor Richard Berry announced late last week that Animal Welfare Department executive director Barbara Bruin would no longer have the authority to choose which dogs get euthanized.

Berry also signed legislation Friday that will add four additional behavioral and adoption specialists to the department.

Investigative reports released earlier this month found the department failed to give prospective dog owners crucial information about some dogs, leading to some people or other pets being harmed.

The legislation also establishes a new position of deputy director.

That person will be charged with reviewing the department's programs.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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