Operation: Massey
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Thursday, 20 June 2013
A couple of days ago we got a message about a stray dog at Mack Massey and Shamaley GMC.
(The Massey family are great supporters of animal welfare, and have donated money to us to help with Sandy's rescue . We decided to name this pregnant lost girl Massey in their honor.)

The employees had been feeding her for weeks but we not able to catch her. She is pregnant and began digging a den near the highway. This is her story.
I went to go buy a couple of cheeseburgers. No onion! I took a look around. It was a tough location because she could hide in a lot of areas in the car lot, run into the desert, or run into the busy highway. This was probably the worse combination of things that can go wrong. Her companion had been struck by a car and killed between the two dealerships two weeks before.
On top of all this I found that she had made a den inside one of the car ramps they use to display the vehicles. It was concrete over huge boulders. She found a small patch of dirt and dug herself a den. She was close to having her puppies. Getting them out alive would be near impossible unless we torn down the concrete ramp. I need to catch her ASAP. 
Both dealerships had called Animal Control and they couldn't catch her after several attempts. They told the dealership that there was nothing they could do. I was able to contact Loretta Hyde at Animal Rescue League of El Paso.I begged her to let me borrow a trap. Sometimes these organizations don't have money around to easily replace these costly tools. I offered to leave my driver's license. She was great and told me I could borrow it. I set a trap but knew it may not work because she was well fed. 

We had to get her before she had her puppies. We covered the den because rescuing the puppies would be difficult. We feared there would be snakes, spiders, or that the heat inside would simply kill the puppies. Today Sherri Andrews went to go check on her and saw her. I drive out the and meet with Sherri and Becky Hermosillo and worked on our plan. We saw her after about an hour of looking. She was under an SUV. Watching us. With the help of some Shamaley employees we surrounded the truck where she had crawled under. We used a tarp to create a wall around one side, and baby gate to block the other side. We surrounded the SUV. We remained calm and I managed to get the snare around her neck with my snag pole. We slowly rolled the SUV away while I placed the slip lead on her. WE GOT HER!!!

"Massey" was placed inside the trap and given water, food, and some hugs.
We received permission to keep her inside a locked room with refridgerated air until her new owner, Shelly, could take her home after work. She is now safe, she is comfortable, and she is on her way to a great new life. 

We want to thank Mack Massey, Stacey Massey, Shelly, and the employees of Shamaley for their help in rescuing this poor desert dog. We're glad were able to rescue her before she had her puppies. I don't think they would have been able to survive in this heat. God speed Massey! We love you! 

UPDATE (3 hrs after Massey's rescue): 

Massey has been checked by Dr. Andrea Harwell, D.V.M and says Massey has no ticks, fleas, and no issues that would affect her pregnancy. She expects Massey to give birth in the next few days. She will be vaccinated after she gives birth. Shelly, the Mack Massey employee who now is caring for Massey has also called to let me know she was doing great and was on her way home to her new home. 
She will keep me updated. 
This baby had a home before we captured her. I wish they were all such great stories. We always need foster and forever homes. Please help if you can. Join our facebook group: http://www.elpasodogparks.com/fb

Dr. Harwell works at Paws N' Hooves Mobile Vet Services with Dr. Starr. They do great work all over town.
Visit their website here: http://www.paws-n-hoovesvetclinic.com/


UPDATE: Massey has delivered!

Massey gave birth to one puppy on the evening of Friday, June 21st. After about an hour without any others she was rushed to the vet, Dr. Harwell. Dr. Harwell ordered an emergency C-Section and managed to save Massey and FIVE puppies. One unfortunately did not survive. Although one did not make it, it is great news to know that Massey was a in a home with a new  super caring mother who was able to help her. Dr. Harwell said that Massey and the puppies would have surely died if they had not been rescued. Great job to everyone that reported this case and helped rescue our sweet girl Massey! 

Precious Paws rescues 2 in Chaparral, NM
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Special thanks to Trista and Dawn from Precious Paws Animal Foster for their quick rescue in Chaparral, NM.
El Paso Dog Park's facebook page and the Precious Paws Facebook page received a post from a woman named Noemi who wanted to find homes for two dogs that had been staying in a lot. Myself, Sherri Andrews, Erin Renay Barraza (all local animal advocates) began to make our way out there to help. Trisha and Dawn from Precious Paws also got there and were able to rescue the dogs quickly.
The dogs are now fine and at a foster home until they are found a permanent home. The dogs were not chipped but have not recieved their first vaccinations. 

More about Precious Paws Animal Foster:

Precious Paws started off as Dawn Tuavao and Trista Martin fostering on their own for the Humane Society and became a local rescue in early 2013. They began a Facebook and began getting calls to take dogs in and help with strays so decided to start their own little rescue organization. They recenetly received their rescue partnership through the city of El Paso and are very excited to take their efforts to the next level. Their next step is to get their 501(c)3 status.

They are always in need of pretty much whatever people don't need anymore. Many of their expenses are paid for out of Dawn & Trisha because me and Trista come out of pocket for everything at the moment.
Dawn says "We don't do this for the money, we just love helping these poor babies.

If you would like to help by donating money, dog food, or other items to help Precious Paws continue to do thier service to our community please contact them.
They are always looking for foster homes for their rescues. Please contact them below.
Precious Paws Animal Fosters (on Facebook)
Trista Martin (386) 288- 9655
Dawn Janisko Tuavao (915) 540-4627
Precious Paws rescues 2 in Chaparral, NM
Precious Paws rescues 2 in Chaparral, NM
PROPOSAL: Pet Responsibility Program
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

On Wednesday, June 12th I will be proposing only 2 of the 3 items in my program. I need your support. Please be present.
This is one of things I NEED your support with. These short 10 minute proposals can become new laws as soon as this year.  

Please join me with your support. These committee meetings are open to the public
City of El Paso Animal Services
5001 Fred Wilson, El Paso, Texas 79906
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



The Pet Responsibility Program is a 3 part program that I have created:

1.) CITY ORDINANCE PROPOSAL: Create a mandatory 4-5 hour educational course for those who violate local pet related laws (selling litters without a permit, vaccinations, spay/neutering, neglect, etc)

Offenders would be required to pay for the course, complete the course, and pay the city's court fees and/or citations. The money used to pay for the classes will go to pay instructors as well as go back into local pet rescues and shelters. It would also create mandatory community service at local animal welfare organizations for repeat offenders.

2.) CITY ORDINANCE PROPOSAL: Create a city ordinance that would prohibit the transportation of any domestic animal in the open area of a vehicle inside city limits. This would make it illegal in the city of El Paso to drive with a dog, cat, or other domestic animal in the back of an open bed pick up truck (or any "load bearing" area of a vehicle or trailer) on certain roads UNLESS the dog is safely placed inside of a crate, cage, or other safe enclosure that is secured to part of the vehicle to prevent them from being ejected or being tossed around the bed of the pickup truck or trailer.

3.) COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM PROPOSAL: I will ask the city of El Paso to work with the State (West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections) and the local City Municipal Court Judges, Justice Courts, to provide more offenders requiring to complete community services hours to become available to registered local animal rescues. This is meant to alleviate the labor required to properly care for animals in need of homes while in the care of local shelters and rescues. This would also provide the offenders with education about the seriousness of responsible pet care.

If you have questions please feel free to contact me directly by cell phone or email. 
Charlie Moreno 
(915) 412-6642 
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Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
Food Drive Success!!
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Nick Diaz, a local pet advocate, just called me to let me know he is having a dog food drive at the westside dog park. 
Where: Westside Dog Park 
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013 
Time: 9 am - 1 pm 
Items accepted: dog food (dry or wet), towels, water/food bowls, chew toys, baby food (jars), dog shampoo, and any other items that are pet safe. Donations are going to Canutillo Animal Shelter.


The Dog Food Drive was a total success.
We would like to Thank everyone who donated.
We will be having another in July, keep an eye out for posts and signs. Special thanks to KVIA for the press! 
- Nick Diaz  

Help Sandy
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

ORIGINAL STORY (March 13, 2013): 
Last year I noticed a stray dog by our home. For weeks I tried to catch her but she was afraid of me. I decided to gain her trust by feeding her every day. I later learned that I was not the only one. I met two great ladies by the name of Claudia and Sherri who had also been feeding her as well but were unable to rescue her.
We came to learn Sandy had been seen living out in the desert since at least June of 2012. She had survived wind & rain storms, freezing temperatures, and coyotes for over 9 months. We believe another dog she was traveling with was taken away by animal control or possibly died, leaving Sandy all alone. We believe Sandy was used for breeding and was dumped out there by her owners, therefor very cautious of people.
One day as I walked my own dogs I saw animal control had parked along the street where I had seen here. It had been a while since I had seen her. Sure enough she was there. I begged the animal control officer to give me some time to catch her myself and he said if he got another call he would have to take her in, but he agreed that me catching her would be a better outcome and he preferred I tried.
I was able to borrow a large humane trap from Claudia Todd, a local rescuer and animal advocate herself. A couple of weeks went by but she wouldn't allow herself to be caught. I spent hours watching her and seeing her patterns. I checked the trap frequently. Many times the bait was missing, but so was she. She always watched me set the trap again in frustration from a distance. 
On March 13, 2013 she was finally trapped and rescued. We were able to secure her and walked her to my home and made her feel comfortable inside my garage. I plan on working with her to get her acclamated to my dogs and be part of the family. That will take time. 
Now we need your help.
Sandy needs medications, toys, and financial help to pay for her rehabilitation. She is a survivor but she would love some help from us. Sandy will be staying with me in my garage. There is a lot of work to do with her. She has a skin problem as well needing vaccinations, worm testing, and getting spayed. I'm willing to invest a lot of time and money into her. But I can use your help. I plan on helping her along the way with her medical care and rehabilitation to get her ready for a good permanent home with a loving family. I will need to conduct aggression tests, teach her basic obedience commands, and of course get her health in good condition. 
I am accepting donations of all types. I need a large crate, leashes, toys, food, and of course money to provide her with medical care. If there is something that I have a surplus of it will be donated to different animal rescues in El Paso.

Sandy on YouTube
BIG thanks to Stacey and the rest of Mack Massey FIAT (I-10 @ Sunland Park exit 13 El Paso, TX 79922) for their donation today. If you're in need of a new or used vehicle please support a great group of people at Mack Massey FIAT! Website: http://mackmasseyfiat.com/ 

Other great people that have donated: 

Lynn B. 
Karla M.
Justine G.
Carolee P.
Lisa G.
Dr. Janie Grant at Dog, Cat, & Bird Hospital
I will posting more photos as well as videos of her progress. So please check back soon. If you have any questions feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call / text me.

Thank you. Sincerely,

Charlie Moreno

(915) 412-6642


UPDATE: 04/11/13Originally the donations were meant to get Sandy's medical treatment, vaccinations, spay, and overall rehabilitation (obedience, behavioral, etc.) until we were able to find a good forever home for her. Dr. Grant at Dog, Cat, & Bird Hospital was kind enough to offer us her services. After a home visit and a check up at her office she found that Sandy was in GREAT health. It's amazing. She's our miracle. Shortly after getting the okay to let her interact with our dogs we found her to be great around them and our dogs welcomed her into our home.

After a month of caring for her Priscilla and I have decided that the best home for Sandy is right here with us. We decided that she is going to stay with us permanately and therefor we are responsible to provide her what she needs as we do with our other pets, Bailey and Abbey. So we ask that if you wish to donate to please consider donating to the other great local rescues in El Paso and the area that help many abandoned dogs like Sandy.

Below is a list of a few that you can help out: 

Standard Poodle Rescue/Chantelle Nicole's Kennels
Cyntia, owner and operator of Standard Poodle Rescue and Chantelle's Kennels provided great grooming to Sandy when she really needed it. Cyntia provides great care of all of the dogs she rescues and also provides boarding and grooming. She also cares for many special needs dogs that have little chance of adoption.
Your donation can really help to save some animals that other shelters may not accept.
Address: 244 Tornillo Flats Dr, Chaparral, NM 88081
Phone:(575) 824-4194

From the Heart Animal Rescue
Founded in January 2004, From the Heart Animal Rescue (FTHAR) is a 501c non-profit dedicated to caring for hurt and frightened victims of accident, disease, cruelty and neglect, by providing the life-saving surgeries, medications and special care.
From the Heart Animal Rescue has done an amazing job of providing care to all types of dogs regardless of their health and breed.
1-855-AdoptADog [855-236-7823]
P.O. Box 56, Canutillo, Texas 79835




Written by Charlie Moreno   
Monday, 31 December 2012
For more detailed map of the local dog parks please visit: http://elpasodogparks.com/map  
If you have an emergency such as a dog attack with injuries, please do not hesitate to call 911.  
If you have non emergency issues with other dogs or dog owners and not sure where to call, please call 311.
You can join our Facebook Group: El Paso Dog Parks on Facebook
DOG PARK RULES For City Dog Parks:
  • - All dogs must be legally licensed and vaccinated, and shall wear a visible dog license.
  • - Dogs must be leashed prior to entering and leaving the park.
  • - Users are responsible for injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.
  • - Users of the facility do so at their own risk. The City of El Paso is no liable for any injury of (sic) damage caused by any dog in the park.
  • - Owners must clean up after their dogs and fill any holes dug by dogs.
  • - Children 6 years and under are NOT allowed in the off leash dog area; Children ages 7-12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • - Puppies less than 4 months of age and female dogs in heat are not permitted within the park.
  • - Users are limited to a maximum of three (3) dogs.
  • - Dogs exhibiting dangerous behavior must be removed from the park immediately.
  • - No spike or choke collars.
  • - No animals other than dogs shall be permitted in the dog park.
  • - Bike, skateboards, scooters, and other such wheeled devices are not allowed in the dog park.
  • - No smoking, food (dog or human), or alcohol is allowed in the dog park.
   Rules also available in Spanish at the dog park.
Halloween Costume Contest at Westside Dog Park
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Halloween Costume Contest

We invite everyone out to the Westside Dog Park this Sunday, Oct. 30th from 5-7 pm.
We will have a dog costume contest which will include three categories:
- Best costume
- Best Homemade Costume
- Best Owner/Dog Look-A-Like

- FREE HEARTWORM TEST (~ $60 value) by Dr. Janie Grant from Dog Cat & Bird Hospital (3233 N Mesa St Ste 210, El Paso, TX 79902)

- FREE GROOMING (~ $25-35 value) from Avon's Groom Room (3233 N Mesa St Ste 209, El Paso, TX 79902) 

- GIFT BASKETS (Dog Park Themed) from Pets R Gr8 (~ $35 value)
(14017 Desert Lily Place, Horizon City, TX 79928)

- FREE TRAINING SESSION (west side only please) (~$35-$50 value) 
Visit: http://heelinghounds.com/)

- WANT TO HELP? CONTACT CHARLIE MORENO AT 915-412-6642 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
West El Paso Dog Park UPDATE : NOW OPEN!!
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Saturday, 06 August 2011
Hello everyone. Sorry for the late update but it seems our new Westside Dog Park is now open to the public. 
We have all been sharing this for almost a week on our Facebook page. We hope to see some photos and videos on our group wall soon. 
Thank you all for your support through out the years. Because of the limited time I have I will not be able to update this site as much as I would like. For that reason I encourage everyone to join our page on Facebook.
I hope to have more free time in the near future to redo this website.
REMINDER: You can always get directions to all the dog parks in El Paso by visiting Google Maps: El Paso Dog Parks



West El Paso Dog Park UPDATE 04-08-11
Written by Charlie Moreno   
Friday, 08 April 2011
The dog park in West El Paso (High Ridge) is under construction, however, I have gotten emails from people saying that the park should have been opened already. I have spoken to Rep. Lilly and Nanette Smejkal, Director of the Parks and Recreation Dept. as well as Wayne Thornton, Parks & Recreation Public Relations. The park is expected to open about August of this year, 2011. This is because the grass will be planted once the main contruction is completed, estimated around June or July. It takes about a month for the grass to come in and to stabilize. 
So again, the dog park in West El Paso will open in August. HOPEFULLY....
I understand everyone's frustration. This is a project that has been in the works for several years. It's been delayed time and time again, but this is the closest we've ever gotten. The park is being built. Please be patient. Also keep in mind that there are other dog parks in El Paso.
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