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Charles - loving dad of Sammy

Memorial created 05-13-2008 by
Charles Padilla
February 14 1993 - April 7 2008

2009 - Pitbull Rumble

Pit Bull Rumble


The Second Annual “Pit Bull Rumble” event was promoted and manned by the shelter staff and friends to: raise funds for the Valencia County Animal Shelter; educate the public about how great trained and loved Pit Bulls can be; and offer the community the thrill of “The Pit Bull” monster truck in action.

Clear skies and a light breeze greeted the staff and volunteers for the Second Annual Pit Bull Rumble on Saturday, October 3rd at the Sports Complex, south of Los Lunas on Hwy 314.

Charles Benns with his Pit Bull Monster Truck and Lisa Berry with her national champion competition American Pit Bull Terriers were the main attractions for the second year in support of the Valencia County Animal Shelter and Pit Bull awareness.

Our special guests at the Pit Bull Rumble were Charles Padilla and his beautiful Pit Bull Cupcake.  As a tiny puppy a year and a half ago, Cupcake was abandoned at the shelter gate, sick and near death from infections of her ears from a home-done ear cropping.  The abusers were never found.

Janelle Chavez from Almost Home New Mexico took her into her rescue and nursed Cupcake back to health.  After interviewing dozens of applicants she chose Charles to be her new owner; Cupcake has thrived under his care.


Above right, shelter kennelman Angelina Marquez and her daughter Breana Marie, met Cupcake and her proud owner, Charles, at the Pit Bull Rumble.

An exciting update:  Charles has adopted a companion for Cupcake.  Xander was picked up as a stray as a fine month old puppy and taken to the Valencia County Shelter.  His owners didn’t want to spend the money to reclaim him.  Almost Home New Mexico rescued him and now he has a forever home, too.


Community support was strong, including sponsorships by: Village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Parks and Rec, Manzano Vista Fire Dept, Valencia Co. Sheriff’s Dept, Mountain States Auto Wrecking, Brad Francis, Rita’s Restaurant, Flower Baking Co, Premier Sports, Vialpando Signs, Premier Sports, New Mexico Houndsmen, Quixote Humane, South Valley Development, Mechanical Concepts, Mike’s Fun Jumps and the Hoffman’s.

Mrs. Glass, leader of the Valencia High School Culinary Arts, and her students: Alisha Auiller, Brittney Price and Seanee Smith showed up early to prepare incredible breakfast burritos and continued serving hotdogs, chips and sodas for the attendees throughout the day.

Tickets for raffle prizes from some of the local businesses, who support the animal shelter, were drawn between the demonstrations. Donors were: Rak’s Building Supply, McDonald’s, Kenny Griego, Tierra Del Sol Country Club, UNM Golf Shop, Ribs Restaurant, Old Mill Farm & Ranch Supply, Hastings Books Music & Videos, Rutilio’s Restaurant, Al’s Hair Salon, Sears of Belen, Shari’s Pampered Pets, Mary Kay, Protection One, Cold Stone Creamery, Dion’s Restaurant, Lowes, Walgreens and Chili’s Restaurants.

If you missed the Pit Bull Rumble but would like to support the Valencia County Animal Shelter and our homeless pets please consider a donation to Friends of the Shelter. You can join the Friends of the Shelter by volunteering at the shelter, by making a monetary donation, donating some of the every day needs, or doing community outreach.

The shelter needs people who are willing to groom and socialize the adoptable pets. You can help by talking with potential adopters or help people looking for their lost pets. Washing food bowls, checking cages for cleanup, and cleaning up the grounds are all things anyone can do.

The shelter always gladly accepts donations of clean towels and blankets, sturdy dog and cat toys, used crates in good condition, kitty litter and Clorox regular liquid bleach.

If you cannot volunteer at the shelter but can make a monetary donation; the need is great. The shelter transfer program needs funds to buy gas to transport animals to rescues in cities from Albuquerque to Colorado. We need to purchase more durable dog decks and indestructible sling beds. A commercial dishwasher would cut down staff time in sanitizing food and water bowls giving them more time to keep the kennels and cat cages clean. Larger projects include: cat condos so adoptable cats can have more room to stretch their legs, an isolation area for sick dogs, signage for offsite adoption clinics and educational programs, and printing of educational material.

What the shelter does NOT need is more homeless pets. Most animals picked up as strays do not have identification. Simply putting a collar and tag on a pet can get it home quickly. Over three hundred puppies and more than seven hundred kittens have been euthanized at the shelter so far this year. Spaying or neutering pets before they have a first litter will save thousands of needless deaths each year. You can help by encouraging family, friends and neighbors to spay/neuter and tag their pets. There is information available at the shelter to help people who have problems with training and pet care that can keep a pet with their owners.




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