Animal

When you train puppies, it’s not easy to say goodbye

You might see her at the library, a concert, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, Durango Public Library, the bank, on a plane or the Animas River Trail, but 4-month-old golden retriever puppy...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Online pets all the rage

LOS ANGELES – Animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears. And thanks to Instagram, YouTube and other online options, you can enjoy their antics simply by...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

United gives furry comfort

DENVER – Some furry friends are helping reduce holiday travel stress for United Airlines passengers this week at Denver International Airport. The airline is using its United Paws program Monday...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Cats, dogs partying like animals

LOS ANGELES – Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. Zigzilla “Ziggy” and Chopper “Lambchop” got sweaters from PetSmart...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Japanese vessel to kill 333 minke whales for ‘research’

On Tuesday, Japan’s whaling fleet will set out on a three-month-long hunt for minke whales. The Japanese government argues that this hunt – which will kill 333 whales, about a third of the average...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Rare pit bull police dog defies breed’s stereotypes

STONE RIDGE, N.Y. – The new rookie at one New York police department weighs 60 pounds, has a big, lolling tongue, a soft caramel coat and a chance to fight stereotypes in addition to crime. When...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Calendar supports animal rescues on Navajo Reservation

The La Plata County Humane Society, like most animal-welfare agencies in America, rescues hundreds of unwanted dogs and cats every year, working to find them forever homes. But the Blackhat Humane...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data

During a Durango City Council meeting Tuesday, the need for greater understanding of Animas River pollution and more responsible dog ownership sparked discussion around the need for changes. After...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

For animal scientist Temple Grandin, empathy triumphs

Temple Grandin, a renowned animal scientist, showed Fort Lewis College students Wednesday how her inventions help local slaughterhouse workers move animals from the trailer to the stunner. Grandin,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural, barking dogs may get shorter leash

When La Plata County residents outside municipal boundaries call in a dog-barking complaint, they get the same response: There’s nothing we can do. About 25 Humane Society officials, residents and...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Humane society names new executive director

After 10 years, the La Plata County Humane Society has hired a new executive director. Amy Groat started as head of the nonprofit last week after moving from Washington, where she worked at a U.S....

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Film festival goes to the dogs

In a community that loves both films and dogs, the Bow Wow Film Tour may be the hottest ticket in town. The festival, which features a collection of short films that animal-rescue groups use for...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News