Dogs maul boy in Ranchos de Taos

A 12-year-old Ranchos de Taos resident was flown to an Albuquerque hospital with severe injuries Thursday morning (Dec. 26) after he was mauled by two dogs, according to Taos County Sheriff Miguel Romero.

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A 12-year-old Ranchos de Taos resident was flown to an Albuquerque hospital with severe injuries Thursday morning (Dec. 26) after he was mauled by two dogs, according to Taos County Sheriff Miguel Romero.

Two Rottweilers attacked the boy as he walked up a driveway shared by their owner and a neighboring residence on Camino Abajo de la Loma West, court records indicate.

The driveway was inside the boundaries of an "underground fence," the sheriff said, noting that the shock collars worn by each dog had been inspected by animal control officers on a previous occasion.

The boy suffered severe damage to his arms, legs and back, according to court documents. His condition had not been disclosed as of Friday morning (Dec. 27), Sheriff Romero said.

Animal control officers issued dog owner Carl Velarde two citations following the incident. Velarde was cited for violations of county codes regarding dangerous animals and animals biting a person.

The Rottweilers, Camille and Katie, were immediately taken into custody by animal control officers. Court records indicate Velarde relinquished ownership of the canines. The dogs were transported to Stray Hearts Animal Shelter, Taos Humane Society officials confirmed Thursday.

County attorneys won a motion in magistrate court Friday morning to have the dogs killed.

The motion alleged the dogs to be "an ongoing danger to the community."

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