Animal

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

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

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

When is shooting a dog justifiable?

The nearly fatal shooting of a dog last week in La Plata County is raising questions for neighbors and law enforcement about what constitutes animal cruelty in a county where guns and unleashed...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Donations help mend a puppy’s heart

The community helped save a puppy named Sugar this week, after the La Plata County Humane Society and Lisa Parker’s Puppies put out the call. Dog lovers donated about $4,650 for Sugar’s life-saving...

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

Can we please get a little sugar for Sugar?

The La Plata County Humane Society and Lisa Parker’s Puppies have joined forces to raise funds for another puppy in need of life-saving medical treatment. Sugar, who was rescued alongside two other...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

They need a home for the holidays

The La Plata County Humane Society is hosting its annual dog-adoption event, which will take place through Dec. 24. “The 12 Dog Days of Christmas has been a very successful event in the past, and...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith finds a home

A coonhound brought to the La Plata County Humane Society on the edge of death was recently adopted by a local veterinarian. Faith arrived at the shelter on Sept. 20 suffering from starvation...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog adolescence: Size does not equal maturity

The most common definition for adolescence is that it is a transitional period of physical and psychological development that occurs between childhood and adulthood. Teenage humans linger in this...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango Dog Tales

Homeless on the range

GEM VILLAGE – The 10 acres on which Diane McCracken operates Spring Creek Horse Rescue doesn’t allow much wiggle room, but it’s not the tightest situation in which she finds herself. McCracken, who...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Durango’s little sweetheart’

The fundraising and heart surgery were a success for the puppy who brought Durango together. Eva, a “little socialite” according to owner Taura Hatcher, received heart surgery July 29 to repair a...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

These scrappy pooches looking for some TLC

The saying “it’s a dog’s life” has real meaning for five homeless pooches taken in recently by the La Plata County Humane Society. But life is looking better for River, Rusty, Rocky, Fawn and...

DATE: July 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News