The Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newsmagazine Serving the Community since 1989


Dave Harper (right) and friendAnimal Hotline is a nonprofit community service for lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo
P. O. B. 100, 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 adoptions for found animals are run in the column for free.

For lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo, call Dave Harper at 867-6135

Signpost Cartoon, c. Rudi Klimpert

If you find or lose an animal in Placitas or the surrounding area, call Dave Harper at the Animal Hotline. Placing a lost or found notice in the Hotline is a free service.


DOG: Black-and-white sheltie (medium-size dog) about one foot tall lost from the village of Placitas in August. Female, named Coco. #1993

DOG: Black-and-tan coonhound lost October 10 near Camino de la Rosa Castilla and Camino de San Francisco/Tecolote, northeast of the village of Placitas. Elusive male, twelve years old, named Huckleberry. #1997

DOG: Black-and-tan two-year-old female terrier. Looks like Benji. Microchipped, wearing pink collar with tags, answers to "Irie." Family heartbroken. Lost from Rio Rancho. Reward. #1999.


DOG: German shepherd, male, found about three miles north of the village of Placitas in early October, on Camino de las Huertas. Very friendly. #1994

DOG: Heeler hit by car south of the village of Placitas on October 12, on Perdiz Canyon Road. #1996

TWO CATS: Two cats hanging around stray in Placitas Trails (west of Homestead Village Shopping Center). One female calico-tabby and one thin, intact male white-and- cream-colored tabby spraying and causing problems with indoor cats. #1985 & 1998.


Animal News

Woman will serve nine years in illegal hunting-operation case

A former Catron County outfitter was sentenced to serve nine years in jail Wednesday, after she pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud in connection with an illegal hunting operation.
Rita Floyd, fifty-four, pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering, a second-degree felony; one count of fraud over $2,500, a third-degree felony; and two misdemeanor counts of outfitting without a license. She originally was charged with 101 counts, including sixty felonies, for her role in an illegal scheme to sell hunts to out-of-state hunters.

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Matthew Reynolds sentenced Floyd to eighteen years in jail, with nine suspended, followed by five years probation, to be served concurrently with two years of parole. It is believed to be one of the harshest sentences ever handed down in New Mexico for a wildlife-related crime.

The criminal complaint alleged that Floyd forged licenses and sold bogus hunts for deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, bobcats and turkeys to numerous out-of-state hunters on eBay.