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Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).


CAT: Havana Brown Cat (the color of a chocolate lab) lost from western Placitas area, Sundance Mesa (off 3rd Mesa Court) on July 6. "Bailey" is a male cat with very unique coloring. He has green eyes, is microchipped, and his leg was recently shaved. Please call with any information! #3770.

CAT: Small, dark-colored, tortoise-shell cat lost from Tunnel Springs Road (about a mile west of the Village of Placitas) in early July. #3777.


DOG: Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd-cross found July 3 off Quail Meadow Road in Placitas (about a mile west of the Village). Skittish dog, young, female, incredibly smart. No collar or tags.. #3769

PUPPY: Little brown dog found off Highway 165, about a mile past the Village of Placitas (Camino Ojo de la Casa) in early July. Only about nine inches tall, short-haired puppy, mostly brown, with a white nose. Male #3772.

CAT: Orange, male cat, very friendly, found about 1/2 mile west of Highway 528 in Rio Rancho (just south of Enchanted Hills) on July 14. Very friendly, neutered male cat. #3774.


DOG: Miniature Pincher (probably male), seen near Cedar Creek Road at Camino de las Huertas (about 2 miles north of the Village of Placitas) on July 9. #3771.


Animal News

LaloLalo’s pet prints:

Julie, the new dog groomer at A Furry Tail, in Placitas, was in good company with her Macaw and chihuahua aboard, at Placitas Appreciation Day in June. —Adrienne Smith


“Oh, deer, Lalo!
Check out the newest visitor to our home on Tunnel Springs Road in Placitas this morning. He was looking at us and Gracie (our cat) straight in eye; he never got spooked, then just turned around and admired his image in the window.” —Mike and Lora Wilson


“Sara” displays facial swelling after rattlesnake bite

Curious pointer bitten by rattler

—Signpost Staff

This is the second time you’ve seen Lori Morgan’s chocolate German shorthaired pointer “Sara” featured in the Signpost pages, but this time it’s not a cute of photo of her nose-to-nose with a wild horse. This time, Sara went nose-to-nose with a Western diamondback rattlesnake and she and her family paid the price.

In June, Lori was walking in her walled yard and heard a rattle, then Sara’s yelp. The juvenile rattler was only about eight-inches long.

Luckily, Lori had taken the precaution of having Sara vaccinated for rattlesnake bites, which can reduce the severity of the reaction. But this bite to the muzzle was life threatening and required a trip to the hospital.

Within minutes, the dog was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic in Albuquerque. Treated with antivenin, antibiotics, and other medications, it took five days and $1,600 dollars before Sara was happily back at home.

Forest reminds public to be mindful of coyotes

—U. S. Forest Service

The Santa Fe National Forest has heard reports of coyote confrontations on some routes located in the Santa Fe area in the past week.

Forest staff reminds residents to be alert to situations for potential wildlife conflicts and learn how to avoid them. When hiking along trails, be mindful and respectful of the coyote’s habitat by keeping your dog on a leash. Per Santa Fe County Ordinance, any dog or other domestic animal within a county park, trail, or open space area shall be restrained by a leash and under the control of a person, unless otherwise posted.

A dog owned by Santa Fe residents, Houston and Alice M. Davis, was attacked on July 10 by a coyote while they hiked along a service road in the Millennium Lift area.

“One of the dogs was not on a leash and ahead of my husband by about one hundred feet when attacked by the coyote,” said A. Davis. Our dog will be fine, but people in the area need to be aware of the coyotes. “In this particular area, keep your dog on a leash, and don’t let your dog’s vaccinations expire if you ever take your dog off the leash.”

Coyotes are found throughout North America and don’t require open space or “wild areas” to survive. In fact, most coyotes within the urban setting are the offspring of generations of coyotes who survived and flourished in urban areas such as Santa Fe. They eat almost anything, and hunt rodents, fish, and deer.

“Because of their fear of humans, people aren’t generally attacked by coyotes,” said R. William Amy, Wildlife Program Manager for the Santa Fe National Forest. “Pets, however, could be, especially if the coyote is stressed from being displaced by recent wild fires, drought, or is protecting a den of pups in the area.”

For information regarding the Santa Fe National Forest, call (505) 438-5300, or visit:

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