Animal

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

Hesperus woman charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty

A 46-year-old Hesperus woman has been charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after a lengthy investigation into the mistreatment of animals on her property in southwestern La Plata...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dogs rescued in seizure get much-needed grooming

Two dogs that were saved in a massive animal cruelty seizure in southwestern La Plata County last week are well on their way to recovery, thanks in part to a local Durango groomer who freed the...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials seize about 110 animals for alleged cruelty

About 110 animals were seized from a resident’s private property Wednesday in southwestern La Plata County. The animals were taken as part of a lengthy investigation into allegations of animal...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eight starving dogs rescued in La Plata County

Eight starving dogs on the brink of death made a full recovery at the La Plata County Humane Society after they were seized from a home in rural La Plata County. “This was a clear case of abuse and...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Barking-dog violations show no bite in La Plata County

Since La Plata County’s barking-dog ordinance went into effect more than six months ago, worries that complaints and violations would overburden Animal Control have not materialized. La Plata...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man ticketed for duct-taping dog’s muzzle shut in Durango

A 23-year-old man who duct-taped his dog’s mouth shut and left the animal in a car parked at the Durango Community Recreation Center has been charged with animal cruelty. Both the 6th Judicial...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community donates in abundance to help fire evacuees, pets

The Durango community came together Thursday to donate an abundance of items to those displaced by the Lightner Creek Fire. “The community is responding well,” said John Noah, a Red Cross...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News