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Animal Hotline

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

Dogs Poisoned

Dave Harper

It was reported again this month that some dogs were probably poisoned in the Village of Placitas. Again, if you leave poison out to get rid of pests (rats, mice, coyotes...) you may end up poisoning you neighbors dogs or cats. Leaving poison outside where our beloved animals can get into it is not the way to get rid of pests.


CAT: Brown/Multicolored, Long Haired, Female Cat with Black Collar Lost from Placitas West on December 30th. "Isabel" #1431

DOG: Chocolate Lab Missing on January 23rd from La Mesa (North of the Merc). Male, 10 years old, disappeared wearing Green Collar and Tags. "Buster Brown" is about 100 lbs. And is very friendly. #1440


CAT: Large, Unfixed, Black Male Cat been hanging around on Perdiz Canyon Road (south of the Village of Placitas) since late December. Been fighting with Neighborhood Cats. #1432

CAT: Large Black Male, unfixed Cat found North of the Village of Placitas on Windmill Trail on December 3rd. #1435

PUPPY: Little Pit Bull Puppy Mix found on the Forest Trail across from Placitas Homesteads on January 7th. Very friendly (Female??) All white. #1437

PUPPY: Small Shepherd Cross found in the Village of Placitas on about January 6th. Male, with a red collar. #1438

CAT: Long Haired, Silky Cat Found North of the Village (Linda Placitas) on about January 12th. White and Orange with Green Eyes. Probably under a year old. #1439

DOG: Part Russian Wolfhound (Brownish) has been seen North of the Village of Placitas near the end of Camino de San Francisco on January 25th. #1441


Animal News

Albuquerque mayor announces new animal-welfare board, appoints local resident

Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez took a giant leap forward with respect for the animal issues by announcing the formation of an animal-welfare board. The thirteen members of the independent board are experienced in all facets of animal welfare and shelter operations. The board is charged with the providing evaluations and recommendations to the city administration as to improvements that might provide a better environment for animals, increase the adoption rate, and reduce the number of lost and homeless pets. Programs such as No More Homeless Pets, a spay and neuter program, and increased cooperation with rescue groups to assist in placement of animals will be priorities.

The board will be looking at tried and proven programs in other cities across the country that have made euthanasia a thing of the past. The board hopes to learn from these programs in order to improve pet overpopulation and the image of Albuquerque Animal Services. Currently, stray animals from Sandoval County are taken to Animal Services, where owners can look for them, or they are put up for adoption or released to rescue organizations.

The new board’s creation is thanks to the tireless efforts of Councilman Greg Payne and Mayor Martin Chavez.

Lee DiClemente, who is the president of Watermelon Mountain Ranch and a resident of Placitas, said regarding his appointment to the board, “I am delighted to be a member of this board, and we will work hard to make a difference. Animal Services in any city has the hardest job in the world and we will strive to assist them to make the lives of the animals in all of the communities better. I know that how we treat our animals is a direct reflection of how we are viewed as a caring community. There is much to be done.”

Kim Snitker, board member of No More Homeless Pets and owner of 3 Dog Bakery in Albuquerque, said, “It is my hope that this will be an extremely active board and that together we can make a difference in the lives of all the animals that come into Animal Service’s shelters. I look forward to working with the other board members and to making a difference






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