On April 10, 2018, we received your request to inspect the following records:
Any and all calls made to the city for dogs left in a car, and any and all documentation into the investigation into 6 dead dogs found in a car outside the Rehms Nursery, as well as the documentation of the necropsies done on those dogs:
On April 4, 2018 Albuquerque Police and animal welfare were called to a vehicle at 5801 Lomas Blvd. NE. Officers found six dead dogs in the car. Animal Welfare was called earlier in the day sometime after the noon hour about the car, but said when they went to look, they couldn't find the car. We are requesting documentation of that call made, the actual recorded call. We also are requesting the report made by Animal Welfare with the photos taken of the dogs at the scene. Also, we are requesting the necropsy reports done on the dogs, to prove why they died.
These records are exempt from disclosure under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, NMSA 1978, Section 14-2-1(A)(4) (confidential law enforcement records) and (A)(8) (as otherwise provided by law) and I am therefore denying your inspection request. We cannot permit inspection because, if made public the requested records could seriously interfere with the effectiveness of a criminal investigation or prosecution. Additionally, if disclosed the records could alert potential defendants to destroy evidence, coordinate stories, or flee the jurisdiction. Further, incomplete investigations contain information that might unfairly cast suspicion on and invade the privacy of innocent people.
These records will no longer be exempt when the investigation is complete. My office will close out your request. Please let me know if you have any questions.