ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There are new allegations that the city is mistreating animals at its two shelters.
Those allegations come from a worker at the shelters, and he has some disturbing pictures that he says prove it.
The employee says he came forward with them because he wants the abuse to stop.
The photos are tough to look at.
Among the allegations: He says photos show a sick dog right next to dogs ready to be adopted out and dogs held in metal cages without water or blankets.
The most serious allegation involves not following proper procedures for euthanasia. He says the technician has been putting the animals in a hallway before verifying they're dead leaving some of them to suffer long deaths.
The employee asked to be kept anonymous because he fears retaliation.
"Instead of waiting there with a stethoscope, making sure it was actually dead, she'll lay it out in the hallway and let it die and then come back a half hour, hour later, to come out and make sure it's actually dead," the employee said.
Animal Welfare policy analyst Jim Ludwick said the photo of the dog in the hallway doesn't prove the technician didn't verify its death.
"The essential practice is when dogs are under stress in a situation that's horrible, where they're waiting in there last moments of life, we don't want them to be sitting there watching other dogs die," Ludwick said.
He also said the other photos don't prove any wrongdoing, adding the photos didn't provide enough context.
However, he admits the shelters have serious overcrowding issues and says those issues stem from people not spaying and neutering their pets.
The city's Inspector General did an investigation about some of these concerns, but a spokesperson for the shelters said the investigation was never made public because a committee decided it wasn't done properly.
KRQE News 13 contacted the Inspector General's office but has not yet gotten a response.
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