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Dave Harper (right) and friendAnimal Hotline is a nonprofit community service for lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo
P. O. B. 812, Placitas, NM 87043
To report a lost or found animal, Call Dave Harper at 867-6135 or e-mail

People with pets for adoption or sale should place a Signpost classified ad or consider a $5 donation to the Animal Hotline to run the information in this column. Lost and found listings and doptions for found animals are run in the column for free.

For lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo, call Dave Harper at 867-6135


CAT: Five-year-old shorthaired black-and-white neutered male cat, five years old, lost from Llano del Norte off Camino de las Huertas (three miles north of the village of Placitas) in late February. #1895

CAT: Two-year-old black neutered male cat, slender, with yellowish green eyes, lost from Camino de San Francisco (about two miles northeast of the village of Placitas) on February 28. #1896

CAT: Dark grey-and-black striped neutered male tabby, big and fat (sixteen to eighteen pounds), four and a half years old, lost from just west of the village of Placitas in late February. Lost from Camino de la Buena Vista (near the Overlook). May have had on a pink flea collar. #1900

DOG: Black-and-tan male Yorkie, two and a half years old, lost on February 25 from near Rio Rancho Mid High School. Red leather collar and tag. He is microchipped. #1905

DOG: Female puppy, half Chihuahua, half pug, lost from Athena Avenue in Bernalillo in early March. #1909


DOGS: Five dogs spotted running loose in northwestern Placitas area (Sundance Mesa), not far from I-25. One shepherd mix, one shorthaired, thirty to forty pounds, and three that look like coyote pups. #1897

CATS: Two black-and-white cats are hanging around north of the Presbyterian Church in the Village of Placitas (Camino de los Pueblitos). They are not tame enough to be caught. One is black with white feet and a white nose. The other is a husky black-and-white, probably male, with half of the face white and half black. #1903 & 1904

DOG: Intact male pit bull-shepherd cross found in the village of Placitas on about March 11. #1911

DOG: Purebred female white-and-brown Jack Russell terrier puppy, no more than four months old, found near Homestead Village shopping center in western Placitas area. #1908

Thanks very much to Kelly, Nancy, Vangie, Tom, Gary and Doris for helping get pets back home!

Animal News

Concerned citizens pay for antipoaching highway sign near Las Vegas, NM

Citizens concerned about a rash of elk poachings have purchased a sign on the highway leading to the Mineral Hill area, near Las Vegas, urging others to join the fight against people who illegally take and waste the state’s wildlife.

Eleven poached elk, many of them left headless to rot in a field, motivated the Concerned Citizens of the Mineral Hill Area to come up with $500 to pay for the sign, which was installed February 8 by the New Mexico Department of Transportation at the beginning of NM Highway 283, off Interstate 25. The sign reads, “Poachers steal your wildlife. To report poaching, call 1-800-432-GAME or report it online at”

“They did it to let people know there are people out there concerned about the poaching going on, and they want people to call it in if they know anything,” said Mark Olson, district wildlife supervisor with the department of game and fish.

The department’s Operation Game Thief Program offers cash rewards for information that leads to charges being filed against poachers. Reports can be made anonymously at 1-800-432-4263 or at

Watermelon works with SC Animal Control to temporarily hold stray pets

Watermelon Mountain Ranch is working in partnership with Sandoval County Animal Control to assist with lost and found animals. Sandoval County Animal Control relinquishes stray animals to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, where they will be held for five days while attempts are made to reunite them with their owners. If you have lost a pet, you may call 250-5419 or 771-0140 during normal business hours. To adopt an animal through Watermelon Mountain Ranch, visit:
Low-cost microchipping available.





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