Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988

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).


Missing tabby cat #3893

Cat: Grey tabby male, lost from north of the Village of Placitas, Cedar Creek area, on about the 4th of July. "2D" is about 2 years old. #3893 (See photo.).

Dog: Black-and-white Border Collie mix, lost from north of the Village of Placitas, Trigo Road, on July 19. "Nick" is medium size, about 35 lbs., and is very friendly. #3894 .


Dog: Black-and-white Pit Bull cross found in the Village of Placitas (and taken to Placitas Animal Rescue) on July 2. #3889.


Dog: Corgi seen heading west on Highway 165 near the Merc on July 2. #3890.

Dog:  Brindle, short hair dog with pink collar seen by Highway 165, near the Presbyterian Church in Placitas around July 22. #3895.


Animal News

Lalo’s pet prints:


Lalo loves to receive your pet and animal photos to print in the Signpost. Email them to “Lalo” at: Or mail prints to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889 Placitas, NM 87043


George and Cheri Koinis of Placitas wrangle “Chaco,” their pet Triceratops—the legendary three-horned dinosaur, similar to the one recently found in Utah—at the annual Placitas Pet Parade in Homestead Village. —Annie Gross

Lalo, Here’s a pic of Chloe and Sophie. How cute is this?    —Gary Priester

[Lalo’s note: Yeah, well, they’re pretty good . . . give ‘em a good scratch behind the ears.]

Harris boys help rescue rare Mexican spotted owl

—New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Brothers Hunter, 11, Dylan, nine, and Auston, six, found a dehydrated and starving Mexican spotted owl perched on a ceramic bear welcome sign while they were doing their chores on June 29 at the Three Kute Kids Ranch near Cliff. They ran and told their mother, Kim Harris, who contacted Conservation Officer Matt Pengally. The family agreed to look after the owl overnight while Pengally handled a call about a nuisance bear.

The Harris family gave the owl water, fed it steak, and kept a close eye on it until Pengally arrived the next morning and took it to Dennis Miller, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator at the Gila Wildlife Rescue Center in Silver City.

Miller said the owl was recovering well from dehydration and malnutrition, and appeared to have no injuries. It was able to eat a mouse without assistance on July 4, and Miller said he may be able to release it the Gila National Forest this weekend.

Mexican spotted owls are native to New Mexico. The owl is listed as a federally threatened species, but it is not considered threatened or endangered in New Mexico.

Mexican spotted owls are exclusively nocturnal, and normally are found in forested mountains and canyons with mature trees that create high, closed canopies, which are good for nesting. They are described as “perch and pounce” predators, typically locating their prey from an elevated perch by sight or sound, then pouncing on them, and capturing them with their talons.

Anyone who finds an injured raptor or other protected wildlife is encouraged to call a Game and Fish Department office in Las Cruces, Roswell, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Raton. Animals should not be approached or handled, especially if they appear sick or injured. To learn more about New Mexico wildlife, visit the Department’s website at:
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