Letters to the editor (07/11/13)

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Friends are good to have
Editor:
To my very good friends in the card room at the Fred Luna Senior Center: Where do I start to list the countless pleasures with them?
The leader is like a second father to me. Ha! They gave me a job as a bus boy, and poker supplies man.
Sometimes all the people that want to play do not fit at the table. I knew very little about poker at first, but they gave me a chance.
It is very enjoyable and wonderful. Great job you guys, always and forever.

Martin Frank Kirtley
Los Lunas

Sheep killing is a problem
Editor:
We live in Peralta and we have good fences and even electric fencing with one wire only about eight inches from the ground and the other higher for the livestock.
We bring our sheep into the corrals close to our home at night. On Sunday, April 7, we heard dogs barking around 2 a.m., and found several of our sheep had been chased and bitten. We called the dispatch and were told that they do not respond to this type of call and to call animal control on Tuesday, because they do not work on Mondays.
So we doctored the sheep and found where the dogs had gone under the fence and added heavy cattle panels for a second layer of fencing. We put up shop lights, thinking the dogs would not come back if the pen was lighted.
My husband sat up at nights for almost two weeks, waiting for the dogs to come back. We finally decided that someone’s dog must have got loose and they would not come back.
We turned the lights off and my husband came to bed. At 2:30 a.m., Monday, April 22,  I heard the dogs barking, got up and flipped the lights on just in time to see at least one dog run out. This time, three of our 1-month-old lambs were dead; one ewe dead and two mother ewes so mangled we had to put them down. We had one wether hurt so badly we had to have him butchered (not much meat for the price) and they were all taken down by the neck.
We had one lamb we tried to save, but it died a week later. We lost half of our little herd in one night. All had bite marks to the head and neck and there was blood everywhere.
We left a message for animal control and he showed up the next day (Tuesday). He took notes and promised to bring a trap by, but never came back. Again, more fencing to make the pen smaller to keep the sheep closer to the house at night and more lights, but at 2:30 a.m., on April 30, I get up to dogs barking. This time the lights are on and I can see that there are two dogs, one a large yellow dog and medium brown dog.
The brown dog went under the gate where they had dug a new hole and the big dog jumped and climbed over the five-foot gate. There is a common link between us and the other owners: the dogs come between 2 and 4 a.m., they chase and kill, but they don’t eat their kill.
There was a news story on KOAT that said that animal control are saying we should shoot to kill and must use lethal force to prevent the animal from suffering. If you want to see suffering, you should see the damage the dogs do to the sheep. The sheep don’t die instantly, they suffer with their necks ripped open and the hide pulled off their face.
I also agree with Ms. Aragon’s statement that if they are just in it for the chase and the kill, how do we know that they will not take down a child outside running around?
It seems that it does not matter how good your fences are or if you have a dog, this is not going to stop until we get responsible dog owners and help to get loose dogs off the street.
I also wonder if someone would have responded to our first call or followed through with the traps after our second call, maybe the attacks would have been stopped before the other sheep were killed.

Deonn Crossley
Peralta

Too many lights and sirens
Editor:
Has anyone noticed a change in our law enforcement agencies within the last 10 to 15 years? I might be getting too old and senile to really complain, but it seems to me that the law enforcement groups are doing nothing but passing out tickets anymore, and seem to like to stop pretty, young ladies and call for backup with three or four squad cars and stand around watching, talking and taking notes.
Now I’m not saying that there was not a violation committed here, but for Pete’s sake, does it take three or four squad cars to handle one person? If they are scared or if there is a reason for it, fine, but there are just too many times I have driven around Belen, Los Lunas, Bosque Farms and Peralta and have seen this.
Is it that we have that many bad people running around here or are our law enforcement people unable to, or don’t want to, confront them, then something stinks in Denmark and it’s not the cheese.
It seems to me that law enforcement officers should spend more time trying to keep crime from happening, like patrolling the neighborhoods and parking lots and leave the traffic up to the meter maids. Maybe the streets might get a little safer.
Oh, and another thing, I don’t know what the idea is behind driving like a bat out of (hell) in the middle of the night with lights and sirens blasting away at 3 a.m. when there is not a car or truck on the road. Is it a game between officers to see how many people they can wake up in the middle of the night?
The lights I can see at night, but when there is nothing other than them on the road coming or going, the siren can be turned off.
Now, if this letter hurts the feelings of any or all the law enforcement officers, just tough. The truth hurts and you know it. Just ask yourselves when was the last time you pulled your side arm to protect someone other than yourself? Then maybe you can hold your head up, as far as I’m concerned.

Danny Ellsworth
Los Lunas