Animal Task Force meeting postponed

CNJ staff A meeting of Clovis’ Animal Control Task Force was postponed pending cost research for the proposed adoption of euthanasia by lethal injection, according to city spokeswoman Claire Burroughes. The meeting, which was scheduled for Monday, has been placed on hold while committee members put out a request for information from local veterinarians. Burroughes […]

Committee recommends lethal injection

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After about a month of research, meetings and euthanasia observation trips, members of the Clovis Animal Control Task Force’s euthanasia subcommittee voted Wednesday to recommend the city switch to lethal injection. The recommendation will be presented to the Animal Control Task Force at an Aug. 18 meeting. The task […]

Clovis officials tour Roswell animal shelter

Members serving on Clovis’ Animal Control Task Force euthanasia subcommittee visited Roswell’s animal shelter Thursday to observe the lethal injection process as conducted by animal control. They viewed three dogs being euthanized, toured the facility and talked with officials there. Jal, Tucumcari, Clovis and Lovington are the only communities in the state still using gas, […]

Animal shelter turning away animals

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Animal Shelter is turning animals away this week while it awaits a resupply of carbon monoxide for its gas chamber, according to police Capt. Ron Hutchison. Hutchison said it is merely a temporary supply issue and he hopes the gas will be delivered next week. “We’re asking […]

July 25, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon July 16 an animal control officer took a report of an animal bite at the shelter. A volunteer said a finger on her right hand was bitten by a Dalmatian. She said she was photographing the dog for the shelter […]

July 22, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Dog owners must be accountable All this press about animal euthanasia is sad (Sunday’s CNJ). I’ve lived in many parts of the country and I’ve never witnessed such a disrespect for animals as I have in Clovis. The owners are the real problem here, ranging from abusers to the poor and the just plain ignorant.

Animal euthanasia: Lethal injection

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer I got the call as I was leaving the shelter — a woman had called and told Dr. Glenn Keim’s staff her dog had bitten a neighbor’s child and he needed to be euthanized. “He bit a little girl,” Keim told me in the waiting room before his patient […]

Animal euthanasia: Gas chamber

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Outside the Clovis Animal Shelter I was greeted by Clovis police Capt. Ron Hutchison and Animal Control Officers Larry Rogers and Marty Martinez. Clad in black coveralls and wearing blue latex gloves, Rogers and Martinez were starting their morning cleaning ritual, Hutchison said. As we walked down the rows […]

Animal euthanasia demystified

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A pregnant pit bull mix surrendered by its owner last week to the Clovis Animal Shelter has until Tuesday to be adopted before she is euthanized, according to officials. The city of Clovis is considering switching its animal euthanasia method from gas to lethal injection. The CNJ requested to view […]

Subcommittee decides against euthanization vote

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the second time in less than a week, a Clovis Animal Task Force subcommittee held off on a vote regarding euthanization methods at the city animal shelter. At issue is whether Clovis will keep intact its current method of euthanization, using a carbon monoxide gas chamber, or switch […]

Commissioner opposed to animal euthanasia change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Juan Garza Sr. said he resents a push to change the euthanization method at the Clovis Animal Shelter, terming it the work of special interest groups from outside the community. After taking a week to research the issue, he said he will recommend at Tuesday’s Animal Control […]

Former Melrose chief files suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell has filed a district court lawsuit against the village, its mayor and state police for damages he claims are related to the loss of his position. According to a 14-page complaint filed Monday in the 9th Judicial District Court, Trammell alleges he was […]

Task force members discuss animal euthanization methods

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A subcommittee of Clovis’ Animal Control Task Force resisted pressure from visiting animal rights proponents Wednesday, deciding not to formulate recommendations until members have more time to research euthanization methods. Heather Ferguson, legislative director of Animal Protection of New Mexico and APNM member Claudia Roll pressed the committee to […]

Animal Control Task Force agenda

CITY OF CLOVIS ANIMAL CONTROL TASK FORCE EUTHANASIA PROGRAM AGENDA

Planned task force devoted to animal control

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Plans to establish an animal control task force will be on the agenda at the June 5 City Commission meeting. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis plans to establish a task force to develop strategies to deal with animal control, City Manager Joe Thomas said. Formation […]

Runaway ferret moved to zoo

CNJ Staff A runaway ferret that attracted a lot of attention in the last week when at least six people stepped forward to claim her has been relocated to Hillcrest Park Zoo. Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez delivered the 1-pound, foot-long white animal Wednesday morning after officials were unable to verify the rightful owner. Zookeeper […]

We have a winner

Texas Tech’s meat animal evaluation team won its second consecutive national championship last week.

Second biofuel plant delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday.

Feb. 20, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: American Idol Where: FOX When: 6 p.m. What it’s about: The top 12 female singers perform.

Feb. 17, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of criminal damage at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of North Prince. They found three large windows of a business shattered. Cost to replace the windows was estimated at $2,200. • • • Police responded […]