Commission to discuss pet ordinance

Freedom New Mexico

The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on changes to the ordinance on loose pets and consider leasing the local National Guard armory.

They meet 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county courthouse.

County Manager Charlene Hardin said operations have been shut down at the armory, which is near Portales Municipal Airport, and the county could lease it for $1 a month for 20 years.

“Ideally, we would like to move the sheriff’s office out there,” she said.

However, Hardin said, other organizations have looked at the armory for use as an emergency management center, a medical care center in case of pandemics or a training facility.

For the pet ordinance, proposed changes would have officers give two warning citations to owners of cats and dogs running at large before citing them into court. The exception would be if the animal was threatening humans or livestock, or damaging property.