Animal

Animal protection officers seize more than 100 animals

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 | UPDATED: 17 hours 47 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Leo and Max trek the U.S. to raise funds for animals

On a cold and windy election day, Cortez had a couple of visitors. Both bundled up from head to toe, Leo Dever and his dog, Sassy Max, stopped in at Kokopelli Bike and Board on their way through...

DATE: Nov. 8, 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. 21, 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. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog owners descend on Dolores

Dog owners from multiple states filled up Joe Rowell Park in Dolores on the first weekend of August while their pets competed in the annual American Kennel Club agility trials. This year, about 400...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man ticketed for duct-taping dog’s muzzle shut

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

Wounded Cortez veteran gets K9 Scout to watch his back

Army veteran Jack Miller has spent most of his career helping the wounded, and now a dog is helping to heal him. The Cortez nurse entered the military after graduating from high school in 1986, but...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores girl keeps birthday promise to Cortez Animal Shelter

“Some of the shelters need help because some of the animals are suffering.” Jordan Lansing, 11 By Stephanie Alderton Journal Staff Writer Jordan Lansing, 11, continued a birthday tradition on...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County creates draft of dog-barking rules

When rural dogs are barking, La Plata County law is silent. But that’s about to change. County staff has produced a preliminary draft of the county’s first ordinance on nuisance barking, a topic...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado bill allows car break-ins to rescue animals, people

DENVER – A bill that would allow immunity from civil and criminal charges for individuals who forcibly enter a vehicle to provide emergency aid to animals and humans passed unanimously Thursday in...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal shelter makes case for continued county support

The Cortez Animal Shelter depends on annual funding from Montezuma County to operate, the commissioners learned last week. While tightening the 2017 budget in the face of shrinking oil and gas tax...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dead lynx identified as 11½-year-old male born in Telluride

A lynx found dead at Purgatory Resort on Jan. 8 died of natural causes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Wednesday. The lynx was seen by dozens of people at the ski area, and a video of the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News