Request #18-5545
Case Files


September 26, 2018 via email


Animal Welfare Department , Legal Department


Collin H. Nyeholt






Point of Contact

Kathleen Oney

Request Closed   Hide Public

Dear Mr. Nyeholt,


The City has completed this request and will now close it out. It is my understanding that Mr. Ludwick on behalf of the City’s Animal Welfare Department emailed you responsive records from their department. Please let us know if that is not the case or if you were unable to open/view those record. Otherwise, City Legal will send you (via email or attached to this request in nextrequest) the non-exempt responsive records maintained by our office for the following request:  


  1. I am the attorney for Mr. Robert Patterson and Mrs. Linda Stephens.  It is my understanding that Mr. and Mrs. Stephens called Animal Welfare regarding a dog, a 6 month old German Shepherd named Shiloh, at their home that had become vicious. The address was 5333 John Thomas Dr, NE, Alburquerque, NM.  The call would have been placed on or about January 17, 2018.  It is my understanding that the dog was therafter put down on or about January 19, 2018.  I am requesting any and all documents related to this incident including but not limited to (1) any documents pertaining to the call from Patterson and Stephens regarding the vicious dog, (2) any and all forms signed by Patterson or Stephens (surrender forms, etc) (3) any and all records related to Animal Welfare’s taking custody of the dog, (4) any and all documents related to Animal Welfare’s decision to put the dog Shiloh down (5) any other relevant records or documents.


  1. I am the attorney for Linda Stephens and Robert Patterson.  In January of this year, my clients owned a dog named Shiloh.  It is my understanding that Albuquerque Animal Control took custody of Shiloh on or about January 19th, and destroyed the dog shortly after that.  I also understand that you were involved in some conversations and correspondence between my clients and the Animal Control officer about the dog after he was put down.  Litigation has developed between my clients and the breeder, and I am trying to wrap my head all the way around exactly what happened.  I am requesting, under the Freedom of Informations Act, that you provide me with any information you have (emails, correspondence, documents, notes) about the dog, my clients, and anything else.  I have a similar request in to Animal Control. If you are able to do anything from your end to help that along, I would greatly appreciate it.


Please be aware, we cannot permit inspection of some of these records because they are exempt from disclosure under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act pursuant to NMSA 1978, § 14-2-1(A)(8) (as otherwise provided by law, including but not limited to NMRA, Rule 11-503 (attorney-client privilege); NMRA, Rule 1-026(B)(5) (attorney work product)). I am therefore denying inspection of those records.


Please let me know if you experience any issues opening or viewing the records or if you have any questions.



Crystal Velarde

Legal Records Custodian

October 9, 2018, 12:00pm
Request Reopened Public
October 1, 2018, 1:11pm
Request Closed   Hide Public

Hello Collin H. Nyeholt


All responsive documents have been made available for inspection as e-mail attachments. This request is now fulfilled and will be closed. 


- Jim Ludwick

Custodian of Records, Animal Welfare Department

October 1, 2018, 10:21am
Department Assignment Public
Added: Legal Department . Removed: City Clerk.
September 28, 2018, 9:41am
Department Assignment Public
Animal Welfare Department , City Clerk
September 26, 2018, 2:10pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
September 26, 2018, 2:10pm