Police chief wants euthanasia policy for pets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city is facing a dilemma since making the state-mandated switch to a new kind of animal disposal — to kill or not to kill pets at the request of their owners. Police Chief Steve Sanders said almost as soon as the city animal shelter began lethal injection instead […]

Animal shelter euthanasia money in limbo

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It’s been a month since the transition and Clovis’ animal control began complying with a state mandate to change its method of euthanizing animals. Money the legislature promised the city to help defray cost is tied up, but lethal injection is now being used as required by state law, […]

Camp revives childhood memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Remember when you went to camp? You learned neat stuff about animal tracks, bugs and pine trees. Maybe you went hiking after dark and somebody jumped out of the woods screaming like a wild animal, scaring everyone spitless. Around the campfire they told ghost stories that caused shivers — and […]

Animal overpopulation serious concern

Not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call from someone who needs help with an animal. In talking to the callers it is clear the so-called unseen epidemic of pet overpopulation is being seen in Clovis and the surrounding areas. The state Legislature appropriated funds that allowed the low-cost spay […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Livestock sale rakes in bucks for juniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose Future Farmers of America student Lainey Widner guides Chrome, her 226 pound Cross hog, around the display arena Friday at the Junior Livestock Auction at the Curry County Fair. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer You name an animal after a feeling, it’s hard to sell it off no […]

Couple sought in dognapping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Larry Rogers of the Clovis Animal Shelter replaces a sign Wednesday to the gate that got ran into by a car after a person took their dogs from the shelter and attempted to leave in their car. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis couple is facing charges for […]

New Masked Rider from Clovis

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Courtesy photo Brianne Aucutt-Hight, a senior animal science major, was selected Friday as the third area person to serve as the Masked Rider, mascot of Texas Tech University. CNJ staff A Clovis student was selected Friday as the third area person to serve as the Masked Rider, mascot of Texas Tech University. Brianne Aucutt-Hight, a […]

Governor signs bill banning gas chambers for euthanizing animals

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico is becoming the 18th state in the nation to prohibit the euthanizing of animals in gas chambers. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Monday that bans carbon monoxide gas chambers for killing dogs and cats at animal shelters. “There is a more […]

March 18, 2009 Legislative Roundup

Days remaining in session: Three Animal gas chambers: The Senate has approved a bill (HB265) that would eliminate the use of the gas chamber to euthanize stray dogs and cats. “New Mexico has taken an important step in improving the lives of our stray animals by eliminating the use of the gas chamber for euthanasia,” […]

Shelter sees increase in parvo cases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chica, an 8-month-old American bulldog, wears a protective cone around her neck and is hooked to an IV to help her recover from parvovirus at the Curry County Animal Hospital. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A recent increase in parvovirus cases among dogs has animal professionals stressing the importance […]

Commission approves hiring of animal removal firm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The sheriff’s office will hire a service to remove dead large, dead animals from public lands and right-of-ways after commissioners gave their blessing Tuesday to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. Last week when a dead calf turned up at the Texico Cemetery, which is public land, Murray said deputies […]

Low-cost spay, neuter unit coming this weekend

CNJ staff A mobile medical unit is in Clovis this weekend offering low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.Low-income families and military members ranked E-5 and below can have their pet spayed or neutered for $20, according to a press release from Linda Cross, project coordinator.Appointments will be made for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.Pet […]

Alltech expects full production by mid-January

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer International animal supplement manufacturer Alltech has begun limited production in its Curry County facility, according to company officials. The Nicholasville, Ky.-based company’s 240-acre facility is located east of Clovis along Curry Road 10. The company upgraded the former Superior Grain Sugar Refining plant to produce its Yea-Saac Farm Pak. […]

City commission votes down euthanasia switch

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis citizens and animal protection groups from around New Mexico touted the benefits of lethal injection to euthanize animals at the Clovis Animal Shelter. The Clovis City Commission disagreed, and voted 4-3 Thursday night against changing from its current carbon monoxide chamber. Commissioners and citizens spoke for about 30 […]

Pets make childhood memorable

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Country kids make pets of most every animal that follows them home — or they manage to capture. The first pet I remember other than the usual dogs and cats was a chicken. We weren’t always really good at coming up with names, but everybody always had one. The chicken’s […]

Commission tables lethal injection

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The issue of whether to implement lethal injection at the Clovis animal shelter came before the city commission on Thursday, but without resolution. After much debate, commissioners decided to table the issue of replacing the current mode of euthanizing animals — carbon monoxide gas. The nearly four-hour-long regular meeting of […]

Animal task force plans recommendations

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Animal Control supervisor Louisa Maestas comforts a Chihuahua that was turned into the shelter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Members of the Clovis animal control task force discussed how to present their recommendations regarding the city’s animal regulations during the Nov. 20 city commission meeting. The nine-member task […]

Officials avoiding ‘black’ Friday

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis animal control officials do not allow the adoption of black cats near Halloween to prevent abuse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Black cats in Clovis get a holiday too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. […]

Task force recommends lethal injection

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The nine-member Clovis Animal Control Task Force will recommend to the city commission to switch the animal shelter’s method of euthanasia to lethal injection. The recommendation passed 6–3 during Wednesday’s task force meeting. Other recommendations the task force approved included spaying and neutering shelter animals before adoption as well […]