Lovington Police Department Press Release
Lovington, NM – August 14, 2014 – Lovington Police are seeking information from the public relating to a series of incidents in which dogs appear to have been burned with acid.
Lovington Police and Animal Control are actively investigating at least three incidents occurring between approximately 7/4/14 and 8/14/14 involving a person or persons intentionally killing, harming or disfiguring dogs in and around the City of Lovington. This was done through the use of acid or some other form of caustic chemical, and several of the dogs have died. Other dogs have been severely disfigured. These actions constitute Extreme Cruelty to Animals under New Mexico criminal law, which is a fourth degree felony punishable by up to eighteenth months in jail.
As some of these incidents were not initially reported by the owners, police ask that anyone whose pet has been recently harmed in the above manner contact authorities immediately. One of the incidents happened outside city limits, in Lea County.
Lovington Police are asking anyone with any information to please contact either Crime Stoppers at (575) 393-8005 or detectives at the Lovington Police Department at (575) 396-2811. Information will be kept confidential and if the information leads to an arrest in this matter, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward through Crime Stoppers.