City may transfer $20k to animal shelter for medical care


AZTEC — The city of Aztec may choose to modify its animal code this year.

It has been four years since the city has made major changes to the animal code. The City Commission will discuss some proposed changes during its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Aztec City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St.

In addition to discussing changes to the animal code, the commission may approve transferring $20,000 to the Aztec Animal Shelter for medical care for animals.

One of the proposed changes to the animal code would clarify which animals are considered service animals. The proposed change mirrors the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It states that only dogs can be service animals. The changes also state that emotional support animals and therapy animals do not qualify as service animals.

The proposed changes would allow a business owner to ask a patron to leave if the dog is barking uncontrollably, jumping on people and running away from the handler.

Other proposed animal code changes include:

  • Removing dyeing animal fur from the animal cruelty section.
  • Removing unrestrained animals in moving vehicles from the animal cruelty section.
  • Requiring animals to be on a leash whenever they are outside of a fenced area, building or shelter. This includes if an animal is on the owner’s property.
  • Prohibiting sales of animals within Aztec city limits, including sales of animals at businesses.

Prior to its meeting, the City Commission will have a work session at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Youth Conservation Corps work at Riverside Park this summer.

The City Commission meeting can be viewed online on the city’s YouTube channel.

The Bloomfield City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at 915 N. 1st St. The City Council will hear a presentation about a playground project. It will also hear a presentation about problems with total organic carbons in the Bloomfield water system.

The Kirtland Town Council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 47 County Road 6500. It will discuss maintenance of the Kirtland Youth Association facility and the town park.

The Farmington City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 800 N. Municipal Drive. It will discuss the use of federal Community Development Block Grant funding to expand the Teen Center at the Farmington Boys & Girls Clubs. Farmington's meeting can be viewed online at

The Farmington Municipal School District School Board will meet at noon on Thursday at the district's central office at 2001 N. Dustin Ave. The board will consider agreements with the New Mexico Financial Authority regarding the district’s 2018 general obligation bonds and education technology bonds.

The Navajo Nation Council's Law and Order Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Huerfano Chapter house.

Committee members will hear a report from New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy about a feasibility study for U.S. Highway 550.

Among the three pieces of legislation on the proposed agenda is a bill to amend the plan of operation for the Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The bill proposes to add language to clarify the department's authorities and responsibilities.

It also proposes to update the department's organizational chart to reflect the tribe's management of fire stations in Newcomb, Ojo Amarillo and Shiprock. The tribe took over management of the fire stations from San Juan County in October 2016.


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