In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

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Animal shelter director retires

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Louisa Maestas retired July 29 from her position as Clovis Animal Shelter director after 28 years. Sharna Johnson Her first week on the job at the animal shelter, Louisa Maestas opened the cages of dogs and cats slated for euthanasia and shoed them out the door to save their lives. […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Jacque Wuest of Clovis displays one of the potted plants she plans on entering in the Curry County Fair this year. Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local […]

First person: Animal lover

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe can often be found at the zoo, where she is fostering her interest in animals. She wants to become a marine biologist. Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe, 9, of Clovis, likes to note that her first name is a palindrome. “It’s the same backwards as it is forward,” said […]

BLM wild horse, burro adoption coming to Clovis

CNJ staff A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, […]

City animal rescues plummet in May

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal Control Officer Brice Stacy tries to calm two puppies before he unloads them from cages in the truck. The puppies, their pitbull mother and heeler father were all relinquished Tuesday by their owner, who said the adults were vicious. Sharna Johnson While the Clovis Police Department continues to evaluate […]

Weekly update —

Clovis man charged with torturing animal A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog. Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show. A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said […]

Albuquerque: No Clovis strays

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Animal rescue volunteer Heather Martin works to get a chocolate lab into a pet carrier for transport from the Clovis Animal Shelter Friday. Martin said the lab went to a nonprofit organization who will have him neutered and immunized, then find him a home. Sharna Johnson Members of an animal […]

Animal shelter officials: Animal euthanizations dropping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Valissa Taggart of Clovis fills out an application for city pet licenses for her two cats Tuesday’s at the Clovis Animal Shelter while Animal Control Officer Dennis Weist provides assistance. Kevin Wilson City and animal groups are seeing inroads in reducing animals who visit the animal shelter. According to the […]

Animal control personnel say they’re pleased with licensing results

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez, left, and Laura Duden, right, watch as Carol Baca fills out a pet license application for a dog she adopted from the city shelter. Kevin Wilson Animal control personnel said there’s plenty of work to go, but they’re pleased with the impact the city’s pet […]