Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

Dave Harper


The Hotline is a nonprofit service to help reunite lost and found pets.
Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service. You can include a photo if you have one available. For more information, call Dave at 867-6135. You may also email the Hotline at, but please call first.


The Animal Hotline has had quite a number of discussions recently about dogs running around loose in the Placitas area. A friend recently asked me what the regulations were about dogs, etc. (Her neighbor lets his dog relieve itself on her property just outside of her courtyard wall.) The Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance prohibits animals from “running at large.” Running at large means “to be free of physical restraint beyond the boundaries of the premises of the owner.” The Ordinance states: “It is unlawful for any person to allow or permit any animal to run at large in or on any street…vacant lot, public property, other unenclosed place…or private property without the permission of the owner thereof. Any animal permitted to run at large…is declared to be a nuisance…, and shall be taken up and impounded.” The fines for a violation of the Animal Control Ordinance can be up to $300 and/or imprisonment for up to ninety days per violation, per day. I saw Sandoval County Animal Control driving in Placitas this morning, so maybe it is a good idea to keep your dogs on your own property or on a leash.


CAT: White cat with black spots and pink ears lost from Ranchos de Placitas (Arroyo Venada Road) in mid-April. Neutered male who was wearing a purple collar with a bell. He is micro-chipped. #3299.

DOG: Old, deaf, white shepherd lost from Camino de la Questa del Aire (about three miles north of the Village of Placitas) off Camino de las Huertas in mid-April. Wearing a yellow collar. #3321.

Lost Dog

DOG: (See picture above) Black, grey and white, mixed breed lost from about 3 miles north of the Village of Placitas (off Camino de las Huertas) on April 26th. Female puppy, about 5 monthe old. Possibly part Malamute (looks a little wolfish).  Very timid, afraid of people. #3323


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BosqueBosque's Pet Prints

“Ruff! Chicken, it’s what’s for dinner!”



Mail your favorite pet photos,
along with a caption and photo credit to:
Signpost, P. O. Box 889,
Placitas, NM 87043 or
email digital photos to


Timbuck2 is a resident of Placitas.
“Ahhhhhhh, I always enjoy a dip in the Pecos River.” 
Photo by Robert Cherry

Carrie's Chickens

Grandma Carrie’s chickens. “ Reminding you to eat more fish!”
Photo by Matthew Varoz


Chewy will stand as long as it takes to get a treat.
Photo by Matthew Varoz

Jovial Bobcat

This jovial bobcat was sighted twice on Sandia Lane in Ranchos De Placitas.
Photo by  Henri Khasky



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