Animal

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

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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

Barking dogs driving you nuts?

La Plata County officials are discussing taking a bite out of barking dogs with an ordinance that could establish fines and penalties. County commissioners discussed the issue Wednesday after...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Wolfie was on TV

Wolfie, Silverton’s notoriously shy wolf-dog hybrid, was on TV on Wednesday, although he didn’t get 15 minutes of fame, just 3½. Fox News Denver reporter Kevin Torres said the channel decided to do...

DATE: July 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Silverton’s unlikely mascot enters twilight years

SILVERTON – In 2005, a terrifying creature descended upon Silverton: Wolfie. At first, the wolf-dog hybrid stalked the surrounding hills. But then, he grew brave and entered town. Terror ensued....

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Will love for rent

DATE: June 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Local thrift store hires new director

A new director took over the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store last week. Keith Dunning, who has been with the nonprofit for five years, replaced Karen Streeter, who left the...

DATE: May 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Sanity in a barking-mad world

In January, five irrepressible dogs stood with their silent, nervous owners for Day 1 of Growly Dog Class. Despite careful partitions preventing the dogs from seeing each other, all four-footed...

DATE: March 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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City explores off-leash parks for your dogs

The city of Durango is exploring the idea of allowing owners to play with their dogs off-leash in two parks. The city plans to survey the neighborhoods around Fanto and Jenkins Ranch parks to...

DATE: March 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Animal protection has new director

Gary Skiba, a six-month employee in the animal protection division of the La Plata County Humane Society, has been appointed to head the division. Skiba replaces Jon Plata, who retired after 12...

DATE: March 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Durangoan finds dog after 12-day search

After 12 days of tireless searching, pet-related heartache and fraught Facebook campaigning, Jennaye Derge has found her dog. “YEAYYY!!” she wrote Tuesday in a triumphant Facebook post. “I’m so...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local news