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 […]

Texas prisoner captured without incident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Texas prisoner mistakenly released from the jail in September is back in custody after he was found having breakfast at a local shelter Thursday. Willie Windom was arrested without incident around 8 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission on Las Casillas Boulevard, according to Clovis police Lt. Jim Schoeffel. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pet sterilization enforcement not solution

Freedom New Mexico Clovis is debating the best way to destroy unwanted animals in its city shelter — gas or lethal injection. Some local animal-rights activists have suggested the focus should instead be on spay-neuter programs and we agree, as long as those efforts are funded privately and not with taxpayer dollars. California offers a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]