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The DA under NM law, is the sole determiner of what charges to bring. Thus, while you think that he should be charged with the reckless endangerment and illegal use of spotlight, that is wholly up to the DA by law and a citizen/victim cannot force the DA to charge anyone with any charge the DA does not want to charge. What you can do is two things.
First, you can meet with the DA and ask for those charges and inform him that the animals rights and victims rights groups might not be too happy that he is under charging this person. Second, you can complain to the victims rights and animals rights groups in your area for them to pressure the DA.
In reality though, even if they were to charge him with all of those charges, the court and DA would likely accept a plea agreement with the defendant to dismiss some charges in exchange for a guilty plea and the victim really does not have much say in plea agreements. That, unfortunately, is how the system works in reality.
Now, you can also sue the neighbor for the value of your dog, but because dogs under NM law are considered property, all you can recover from him is the actual value of the dog and possibly punitive damages
for this being a willful and malicious act up to 3 times the value of the dog, but you could not sue for any emotional damages or non-pecuniary losses.
Legally, these are your rights and options under NM law.
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