new mexico

  • Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2013

    Best and worst states for animal protection laws in 2013

    Once again, the Bluegrass State ranks as the worst state in America for animal-protection legislation, while the Land of Lincoln retains its status as the best for 2013.

  • When grungy and hungry mean lost, not forgotten

    When grungy and hungry mean lost, not forgotten

    That scraggy, skinny dog or cat who wanders around your neighborhood may not be a stray, but a household pet who may have run away from home and become lost.

  • Dog walks nearly 1000 miles and finds a new home

    Dog walks nearly 1000 miles and finds a new home

    It was a typical day in 8th grade teacher Sarah Beasley’s Taos, New Mexico classroom — that is, until Beasley and her students looked up from their schoolbooks and watched a thin, shaking dog walk into the middle school classroom. Beasley remembers what a surprise it was to greet such an unexpected visitor at Waldorf […]

  • Surprising turn in case of dog disappearances

    Surprising turn in case of dog disappearances

    Over the past several years, as many as 60 dogs have mysteriously gone missing from their homes in communities east of Albuquerque, N.M., baffling dog lovers and town officials alike. Families would come home to find their family pets had disappeared from their fenced yards, outdoor kennels, and homes. “My dog is missing. A lot […]

  • New Mexico town may put a leash on free-roaming dog

    New Mexico town may put a leash on free-roaming dog

    The town of Elephant Butte, N.M., is at odds over whether or not to leash Blue, the free-roaming Australian Cattle Dog that has become somewhat of a town mascot. Town officials were prompted to consider mandatory leash laws for dogs after a tragic incident last spring, when loose dogs fatally mauled a woman in the […]

  • Jack update: Let my Heeler heal.

    Jack update: Let my Heeler heal.

    Jack, the severely neglected seven-year-old Heeler from Espanola, New Mexico, continues to face an uphill battle. But there’s reason for hope. For Jack’s back story, click here. For an extremely graphic photo (don’t say you weren’t warned), click here. Yesterday morning, the shelter veterinarian decided that another operation was needed for Jack, thanks to […]

  • For now, the Alamogordo chimps will not go back to the lab

    For now, the Alamogordo chimps will not go back to the lab

    Back in August, I wrote about a group of chimpanzees who had spent years of their lives – in many cases, decades – as research animals in New Mexico’s Coulston Foundation laboratory. The chimps were subjected to painfully invasive testing and cruel experimentation, including needless surgery, extended periods in 150-degree temperatures, and isolation and sensory […]

  • Chimps rescued from inhumane research facility now in danger of going back to the lab

    Chimps rescued from inhumane research facility now in danger of going back to the lab

    On the day a research chimp named Jaybee was rescued from his stark laboratory cell, he was sitting on the ground inside a makeshift ring he’d assembled from leftover food biscuits. His rescuers instantly realized Jaybee had been trying to make a nest, a security ritual that chimpanzees in the wild perform daily. Alone in […]