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,” […]