Employees say Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department suffers from dysfunction, low morale and ineffective leadership.
Albuquerque Inspector General David Harper says when employees at the city’s Animal Welfare Department voiced concerns about issues in their department, his office launched an investigation. Now, two months later, the IG report is complete.Read the complete IG report >>
Animal Welfare directed KRQE News 13 to the mayor’s office for comment.
Chief Operations Officer Michael Riordan issued the following statement:
We have just received a copy of this OIG report but from our brief review, the report is based on the same allegations and same dog cases that the TIGER team completed their investigation on nearly four months ago. Based on the latest TIGER Team report, the Animal Welfare Department has already addressed needed revisions to their policies and procedures and distributed these to all AWD staff. We remain dedicated to maintaining a safe and effective Animal Welfare Department which handles more than 17,000 animals annually and has steadily increased all performance measures for reducing intake, increasing adoptions, and total spay / neuter procedures. – Michael J. Riordan, Chief Operations Officer for City of Albuquerque