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 dogDOG: Chihuahua/Poodle-mix, lost from Bernalillo (not far from Abuelita's Restaraunt) in late January. Small, black, male dog, about five pounds and six years old. #3854.

CAT: Grey, short-haired cat lost from the north part of Ranchos de Placitas (Camino Redondo) in early February. "Hoover" is an intact male, indoor/outdoor cat. #3856.


Found cat

CAT: Black, female cat found on about January 28. #3855. (See photo above.)


Animal News

Lalo’s pet prints:

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




Hi Lalo—“Jacky-Boy” is my six-month-old miniature dachshund who climbed into my suitcase! He's a precious little Placitas resident!—Paige Diamond


“Can I come in now?" “Tramp” sports his winter beard and mustache, after his first time of playing in snow. —Naomi Costales, Placitas


“Kiko” gives a warm wet welcome to old friend Suzy Ward of Nashville—a flashback to 1995 in Chris DiGregory's backyard. —Greg Leichner

Starving horse

Horse stands by fence on San Felipe land

Starving horses

—Ty Belknap

Marty Clifton called me last Sunday morning February 17 to say that he heard there were forty to sixty starving horses on San Felipe land near a fence line along Hagan Road. When I got out there, the horses were scattered through the hills so it was hard to get a count. Through binoculars they were the skinniest horses I’d ever seen. The closest one to the fence was a mare that appeared to be dying. She stood up and then collapsed every few minutes while her foal stood nearby.

The cowboy who called us out there was obviously upset. Channel 7 News was there, too, filming the dying horse and interviewing the cowboy, who preferred to remain anonymous.

The cowboy told me that about a week ago the tribe had closed an opening in the fence where the horses crossed the road to get to a spring, and that the land on the spring side of the road was overgrazed. The horses were forced to range further away from water to get food. Now they were starving and dying of thirst, and that several were already dead.

He said that when he called the tribal offices the Friday before, he was told that somebody would look into it on Tuesday, after President’s Day weekend. He said, “I told them that a lot of the horses will be dead by then. Why don’t you just shoot them?”

We dropped a stock tank over the fence and filled it from a water tank in Marty’s pickup. Then we called Patience O’Dowd of the Wild Horse Observer’s Association (WHOA), because she has a special relationship with San Felipe.

Later, Marty called the Livestock Board, our congressional delegation, the BIA, and anybody else he could think of, for all the good it would do—them being a sovereign nation and all.

Dr. Dave Fly of the Livestock Board told Marty that one of their inspectors was told by a San Felipe representative that the horses didn’t belong to the tribe—that somebody must have dumped them there.

It must have been somebody with a semi-rig big enough to haul a trailer for sixty horses. WHOA and San Felipe declined comment to the Signpost. Channel 7 never aired the story.

NM receives money to help remove feral hogs

—Karin Stangl

On February 1, State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is granting $1 million to New Mexico to control feral hogs.

Powell, who is a veterinarian, said the State Land Office has been working cooperatively with the New Mexico Feral Hog Task Force on the problem of feral hogs. Members of this group include: the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the U.S. Forest Service, State Game and Fish, State Department of Health, and the State Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Livestock Board, and the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association.

“I commissioned a study on the feral hog problem in 2011 to determine the distribution of feral hogs on state trust lands because they were becoming a threat to domestic livestock, native wildlife, and human health as well as posing an economic threat,” said State Land Commissioner Ray Powell. “Feral hogs are capable of carrying more than 35 infectious diseases. We need to get a handle on this problem now, and this money moves us closer to our goal of removing them from our state.”

Feral hogs have been reported in 17 of New Mexico’s 33 counties. The State Land Office has already allocated $50,000 this fiscal year for feral hog control. The agency also is asking the State Legislature this year for another $250,000 to continue the efforts.

The State Land Office is engaged in multi-agency efforts to remove feral pigs in a humane manner and assess the location and impact of feral pigs on state trust land.

Feral hogs cause more than $1 billion in damage annually in the United States. [At this time there are no groups protecting the rights of feral hogs.]

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