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).


Lost dog, “Pinkie,” #4053. If you see me, call the Animal Hotline!

Found dog, #4052. If you know me, call the Animal Hotline!


DOG: Four year old, female, white Pitbull Mix. Has tiny black spots and the top half of her tail is black. She has no collar. She was lost Tuesday May 26 at 10 a.m. near Linda Placitas in Placitas, NM.  #4053 [See photo.]


DOG: Male Chocolate Lab. Found May 9 in Sundance Mesa on Santa Ana Loop in Placitas.  #4050

TWO DOGS: Appear to be siblings. Dogs have rabies tags only. Animal control picked up. Found May 14 in Placitas Heights. #4051

DOG: Young, male Black Lab/Pit Bull mix, no collar and not neutered. He is black with white crest on chest. Found May 19 on Forrest Road at 5:30 a.m. in Placitas West Subdivision. Dog is currently being fostered until owner is located.  #4052  [See photo.]


DOG: Male black Lab. Has collar, no tags, bobbed tail. Seen April 26 near Calle Nicholas, Placitas. #4049


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“Hey, Lalo, These pecans from COSTCO taste GREAT!" —Michael J. Sare, Placitas

Duck tests positive for avian influenza

—Karl Moffatt, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

A lone bird at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge has tested positive for a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain that affects wild and domestic fowl, but is not known to be harmful to humans.

A cinnamon teal duck was one of 196 birds tested at the refuge for the disease that was first detected in the United States in late 2014. It was the first bird in New Mexico to test positive for the highly pathogenic strain. It is unknown whether the duck was migrating through the state. Most migratory birds have left the refuge for their northern nesting areas.

Dogs used in wild bird hunting are not considered at risk of acquiring avian influenza and there have been no documented cases of the virus infecting dogs. No cats have been documented with avian influenza in North America.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service encourages all bird owners, whether commercial or backyard producers, to practice good biosecurity, and prevent contact between their birds and wild birds. People are also urged to report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to New Mexico State Veterinarian Dr. Ellen Wilson, DVM, at 841-6163 or to USDA at (866) 536-7593. For more information about biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at

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