New Mexico Attorney General Gary King was honored as Animal Advocate of the Year for his work with the New Mexico Animal Cruelty Task Force on Monday night in Albuquerque.
King discussed his work with the task force, accomplishments in enforcing the State's cockfighting ban and interactions with animal hoarders in New Mexico.
King said he was receiving the award on behalf of all people working in law enforcement and credited Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez for prosecuting dog fighting cases in Southern New Mexico.
King said when law enforcement finds people violating animal cruelty laws, they often find drugs, gambling and even prostitution.
"It's not just an issue of protecting animals, it's an issue of protecting our society and making it a more civil," King said.
He told the crowd he realizes that some people want to block new laws regarding cockfighting with lawsuits, but that push back motivates him to work harder. He said the award given to him is not the end of the relationship with the task force, but just the beginning.