Animal

Woman pleads not guilty to 100-plus counts of animal cruelty

A La Plata County woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 114 counts of animal cruelty that were filed after a massive seizure of animals on her property in November. Elizabeth Miera, who also goes by...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seeking: A forever home for donkeys

Banette, a friendly donkey looking for her forever home, would make an ideal hiking companion in the high country because she can carry 80 to 125 pounds of gear. Once a wild burro roaming Bureau...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

First rescue mission on Lake Nighthorse is for Otto the dog

Turns out the first official rescue mission on Lake Nighthorse was for a 3-year-old pup named Otto who went overboard when his owner’s single-person sailboat capsized after winds picked up Sunday....

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police Department to add four-legged officer to force

The Durango Police Department will add a four-legged officer to its force this summer. Cmdr. Jacob Dunlop said the canine is expected to hit the streets by mid-June. “It will be working more of an...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Cortez men get into a fight with a cat; one is injured

A Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputy responded Monday to a report that a man had gone to the hospital after being attacked by a house cat. According to the incident report by patrol deputy John...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper signs Nowlin’s pet project – a police horse protection bill

A police horse protection bill conceived by Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper on March 7. The bill – Crime of Cruelty to Certified Police Working...

DATE: March 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Denkai Animal Sanctuary moves to Yellow Jacket

Floss Blackburn moved her national animal rescue organization, Denkai Animal Sanctuary, to Yellow Jacket in October. Founded in 2004, the sanctuary operated out of Weld County until the move last...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County residents save a few bucks by harvesting roadkill meat

With the end of rutting season for deer and elk, many a motorist has probably seen roadkill along the shoulders of U.S. highways 160 and 550, and the more frugal drivers may have wondered: Hey, can...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Classroom pets expelled from Durango schools

If your child has a favorite classroom pet – a hamster, a lizard, a goldfish – you may have heard of the animal’s sudden disappearance after winter break or you may hear of its soon-to-come...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annie’s Orphans spans three decades helping Southwest Colorado’s unwanted animals

Pulling into Annie’s Orphans, an off-the-beaten-path animal shelter and rescue about 10 miles south of Durango off U.S. Highway 550, one is met with a cacophony of excitable dogs, each given a...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seizure of 115 animals has cost Humane Society tens of thousands of dollars

The La Plata County Humane Society has already incurred at least $67,200 in costs associated with caring for about 115 animals that were seized last month as part of a massive animal-cruelty case,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News