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Albuquerque woman arrested for neglecting dog with two broken front legs

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An 11-pound pregnant Chihuahua was left to languish in excruciating pain for over a week with her two front legs broken in half in an Albuquerque home. On Wednesday her owner was arrested for felony animal cruelty reported krqe news.

Ana Cortez-Sabela, 26, was arrested in her home on Broadway and Rio Bravo. A warrant has been issued for her husband who is reportedly out of town working.

Acting on a tip from a neighbor who called Animal Services about a dog with broken legs and in very poor shape, Bernalillo County Animal Control Services and the Bernalilllo County Sheriff's Office, visited the home to investigate. There they found the chihuahua and rushed her immediately to a veterinarian where x-rays of her front legs were taken.

The pregnant dog, who was carrying five puppies soon to be born, had suffered with her broken legs from five to ten days with no treatment or pain relief. Because she was suffering so much, the decision was made to humanely euthanize her; the unborn puppies did not survive.

There have been no explanations given by Cortez-Sabela for the reason the dog's legs had literally been snapped in half, but allowing the dog to suffer warranted the charge for extreme animal cruelty.

Four other dogs in the home were surrendered; they will be made available for adoption shortly.

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