Animal control officer honored

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Thomas Garcia Tucumcari’s Animal Control Officer Mike Martinez was named officer of the year by the New Mexico Animal Control Association. “It is a great honor,” said Martinez. “Knowing that there are people out that appreciate and respect my duties makes all the difference.” Martinez said his job has been difficult, operating as a one-man […]

BLM wild horse, burro adoption coming to Clovis

A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, an adopter […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Baxter Black Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed […]

Dog investigation concludes

Russell Anglin Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday that an investigation of an alleged violation of city animal control policy has concluded and no disciplinary action will be taken against animal control Officer Mike Martinez. The investigation resulted from Quay County resident Betty Pettigrew’s complaint that a dog she was trying to adopt from […]

Animal group accuses officer of hindering efforts

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Some Tucumcari animal rescue group volunteers say their efforts are being hindered by lack of cooperation from city Animal Control Officer Mike Martinez. The group has been working to find homes for dogs, cats and other animals. In January, rescue volunteer Christina Fleming reported the group had found homes […]

Volunteers needed for local animal group

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A local animal group is seeking volunteers to find homes for rescued dogs. “Over 50 dogs in need of a second chance have found homes thanks to the efforts of the city’s animal rescue group,” said Christina Fleming, rescue volunteer. Fleming said the City of Tucumcari Volunteer Animal Rescue […]

Letter to the editor: Animal cruelty case handled well

Animal Protection of New Mexico appreciates the legal process undertaken to see that Haba, the dog that lives at Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca’s home, was represented in court following an allegation of animal cruelty that occurred on April 19. The mayor was found innocent of the charge. APNM wishes to express admiration for, and gratitude […]

Local group finds homes for stray pets

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Thomas Garcia A local animal placement group is working to find homes and new owners for animals in Quay County and beyond. “We have placed dogs, cats and even horses in and out of the county,” said Christina Fleming, Tucumcari Animal Rescue coordinator. “We give animals like dogs that are scheduled for destruction a fighting […]

Changes proposed to city animal control ordinance

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari City Commission on Thursday moved within one step of approving changes to the city’s animal control ordinance. Changes range from definitions to fees and license requirements. A final reading and approval of the changes is expected when commissioners meet on Sept. 14. If approved, they won’t be […]

Mayor’s animal cruelty court proceedings postponed

Freedom New Mexico A pre-trial conference regarding animal cruelty charges against Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca was continued Wednesday because the prosecuting officer was not available to appear at court proceedings. Apodaca’s pre-trial conference will be held in two-to-four weeks, said Donald Schutte, the mayor’s attorney. “The court was told that the prosecuting officer had to […]