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Slew of animal protection bills pending

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Coming off years of drought and recession that have taken a toll on animals as well as humans, New Mexico lawmakers are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets.

Elizabeth Jennings, executive director of Animal Protection New Mexico, and Dawn Glass, marketing manager for Animal Humane, agree the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year. One reason, they say, is the increased awareness of the link between cruelty to animals and abuse of people.

"It's a chronic problem," Glass said, "and recent studies have shown that animal cruelty is so closely linked with domestic abuse and child abuse that it shouldn't just be an issue with animal lovers, it should be an issue to everyone in our community."

Jennings said that awareness has spread throughout the law enforcement community, which is helping the cause.


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