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).


Cat: Female, tortoise-shell, long-haired kitten. Appears to be a few months old. No tags, collar, or chip. She is very loving and great with dogs, cats, and children. Found on Tierra Madre Road near Tierra Madre Court, in Placitas, on October 13. (See photo above.) #4066


Dog: Small, black-and-white dog. Looked like a Bulldog or Pug. No collar. Appeared lost. Seen on Camino de la Buena Vista in Placitas on October 11. #4067

Two rams/sheep: Brown. Seen on Quail Meadow in Placitas, headed toward Highway 165 on October 22. #4068


Animal News


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

Lalo: How do you like my “World’s Cheepest” birdfeeder? (See below.) It’s a coat hanger bent into a “T” with a loop on top for hanging and a toilet paper roll smeared with chunky peanut butter rolled in birdseed. I tied a (free) chopstick along the coat hanger “perch.”
—Michael Sare, Placitas

San Felipe Pueblo developing horse sanctuary

—Bill Diven

San Felipe Pueblo is well on its way in developing a Wild Horse Sanctuary, addressing community problems but also providing community benefits, according to a news release from the pueblo.

The tribal council earlier set aside several hundred acres to proactively address the issue of wild horses in the West. The area is now fenced with a water well and access road installed.

San Felipe earlier announced it had launched a program to administer PZP to mares as a contraceptive to help control the population. Attempts by wild-horse advocates to do the same to the burgeoning herds that were roaming Placitas in recent years met resistance from the New Mexico Livestock Board, which refused to permit its use.

“Although the Pueblo of San Felipe does not claim ownership of wild horses, the pueblo has been building a PZP program over several years to assist the wild horses with population control given the pressures placed on them by decreases in open spaces, increased development, climate changes resulting in drought and rangeland degradation, horse dumping on the Pueblo, etcetera,” the statement reads.

The sanctuary is being built with the assistances of nonprofit and private partners. Among those are Placitas WILD, which supports wild horses and preserving a wildlife corridor between the Sandia and Jemez Mountains, the Wild Horse Observers Association, Placitas-based wild-horse advocates, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The pueblo says that when the sanctuary opens to the public, it’s expected to provide tourism and economic benefits for Bernalillo, Sandoval County, and the state. It also is a “natural partner” for the tribal Equine Therapy Program, which use proven treatment methods in an equine setting to assist young people with positive growth and resiliency.

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