About Our Programs & Services
Sandoval County, general fund money, is able to provide programs and services for the animal residents of our county. Those programs and services are offered through the Community Services Department and the County Sheriff’s Office. Below you can learn more about the programs and services related to Animal Welfare offered by Sandoval County.
Low-Income Spay & Neuter Program
The Sandoval County Community Services Department has teamed up with Watermelon Mountain Ranch to offer free pet spay and neuter surgeries to low income pet owners in Sandoval County.
Free-Roaming Horses of Placitas
The County and members of the Placitas community continue to grapple with humane, legal, and sustainable solutions for the area’s free roaming horse population. The County commissioned a task force administered by the nonpartisan policy organization New Mexico First to share information and suggest solutions for the humane treatment of the horses, sustainability of the environment, and potential actions for residents, neighborhoods, and government agencies. The County also created a Free Roaming Horse Advisory Council to put community ideas into motion.
Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Services
In 2002, the Sandoval County Commission enacted Ordinance 02-02-21.B, the Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance. The Sheriff’s Office is continuously educating the residents of Sandoval County about the Animal Control Ordinance and New Mexico State Law. Violations of the Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance or State Law could result in the impound of animals, a misdemeanor citation or even arrest with fines up to $300. Copies of the Animal Control Ordinance may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office or click here.