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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


Dog: Airedale, female, black-and-tan fluffy dog with green collar (and tags) lost from Camino de las Huertas near the village of Placitas on January 28. Sweet dog. "Jolie." #1589


Dog: Black-and-white male puppy, Blue heeler-pit bull cross found in late January on Camino de las Huertas about one mile north of the village of Placitas. #1586


Puppies: Two incredible four-month-old puppies available. Very sweet female shepherd cross (on left) rescued from Sandia Pueblo; beautiful female Australian shepherd puppy (on right) found on Highway 550 north of Rio Rancho. At Placitas Animal Rescue, 867-0004.

Animal News

Placitas coyote rescued from trap

Placitas coyote rescued from trap

—Ty Belknap

Now that Gary Miles has Sandoval County off his back, he has plenty of time to devote to Placitas Animal Rescue. He said that PAR rescued 209 animals of several species during the last four months. One of the most dramatic and heartbreaking was the rescue of an adult male coyote that had reportedly been limping around Placitas for up to three weeks with its foot in a trap.

Miles was called by a resident on Camino de la Rosa Castilla on January 28 when the chain from the trap became entangled in a barbed-wire fence. The coyote was competently captured with a control stick and noose. The barbed wire was cut, releasing the coyote’s foot from the trap after which it was loaded into a cage, and transported it to the Wildlife Center in Española.

At the clinic, medical director Dr. Kathleen Ramsay climbed into the cage, placed a towel over the coyote’s eyes, and carried it to the operating table. Dr. Ramsay and her assistants immediately anesthetizing the animal and cleaning and stabilizing its mangled foot for surgery.

Unfortunately, after the surgery, Dr. Ramsay realized the coyote’s foot could not be salvaged because the blood supply to its broken toes had been cut off during the entire time of its entrapment, so the coyote was euthanized.

Spring-loaded metal traps are legal in New Mexico, provided they are anchored securely and checked every twenty-four hours. Apparently the trapper followed neither of these rules. “Snap traps are cruel and inhumane ways to kill an animal,” said Ramsay. “Imagine having your fingers caught in a car door for three weeks while you slowly starved to death. Animals feel pain.”

The Wildlife Center in Española will take care of any sick or injured wild animal.


Horse fair coming to Albuquerque

The New Mexico Horse Fair will be held at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds from April 30 through May 2, featuring a kids’ corral, trade show, barrel racing, AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse clinic and competition, vaulting clinic, breed demonstrations, and educational seminars. Admission to the fair is $5 per day, with children ten and under admitted free. Friday evening events are also free. For further information, call (505) 345-8959 or visit

Uncle Duffy supplied us with this photo and asks, Separated at Birth?






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