A Bernalillo County animal control worker is in trouble after he admitted to breaking into an animal shelter to get his dog back.
Albuquerque police say late last Thursday night, Larry Lucero broke into the West Side animal shelter to get back his Yorkshire terrier that had run away.
Police say surveillance cameras caught Lucero in the act. They say he was even driving his county-issued truck.
Police say he broke in because he didn't want to deal with the paperwork and procedures required to get a dog back.
"It is a little ironic from the aspect that working for a county facility and dealing with animal control issues, one should know the proper protocols that take place," said John Walsh of the Albuquerque Police Department.
Lucero has not been arrested or charged.
The district attorney's office is deciding on what charges to file.
County officials say Lucero is on paid administrative leave. They also plan to do their own internal investigation.
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