The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley has resumed all dog adoptions after having addressed an outbreak of Giardia, an intestinal parasite.


Medical Director Dr. Susan Baiz said the treatment regimen that began April 28 was successful, and the most recent sample testing of the population came back negative.

The ASCMV’s cat population never showed signs of infection. The cats are kept in a separate area of the building from the dog populations.

ASCMV Executive Director Clint Thacker said he appreciates the community’s patience while the outbreak was addressed. He also sent his thanks to those members of the community who donated funds to help cover the unanticipated purchase of large quantities of medications needed to contain and eliminate the outbreak.

“What I keep seeing in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County is a community eager to improve the lives of companion animals in meaningful ways,” he said. “These last 20 days have shown that truth yet again.”

In celebration of the resumption of dog adoptions, Thacker said a special rate of $10 is in effect through May 31. The adoption fee includes all vaccinations, the spay/neuter operation and the appropriate licensing.

For more information, call the ASCMV at (575) 382-0018