New Mexico County Seeing Rise in Dog Bites

June 5, 2012

A New Mexico county is seeing a sharp rise in dogs biting people.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Dona Ana County officials have quarantined nearly 100 dogs so far this year after they bit a person.

Authorities say that number is on track to be higher than previous years as summer approaches.

County animal control officers are becoming stricter in enforcing a state law that requires owners of aggressive dogs get permits. Officers must issue citations and even arrest dog owners who refuse to comply with the law.

Animal shelter officials say people need to be educated about keeping canines on a leash and securing them in a fenced-in area.

Las Cruces police say about 255 dog bites were reported last year.

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