Animal Sheltering Board: Overview
On July 1, 2009, the Animal Sheltering Board adopted rules to regulate the provision of euthanasia services at animal shelters in New Mexico. The function of the Board is to license euthanasia technicians and euthanasia agencies (animal shelters that perform euthanasia) and will certify euthanasia instructors who teach euthanasia technician training courses. The Board’s rules set requirements for obtaining a license or certificate and set forth duties of the licensees and certificate holders. The Board will inspect licensed euthanasia agencies, investigate complaints filed about the provision of euthanasia services at a euthanasia agency, hold hearings on complaints as needed, and take disciplinary action as appropriate for violations of the Animal Sheltering Act or the rules under the Act.
Other functions of the Board are to develop recommended shelter standards for infrastructure and operations and to address companion animal overpopulation and spay/neuter programs. Note that the standards for shelters will be recommended, not mandatory. The Board will not, unless its enabling legislation is changed, have the authority to enforce the recommended standards. The Board doesn’t have authority to investigate complaints about shelter standards.
For more information contact:
Animal Sheltering Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505) 476-4596 Fax
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