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A basket of resting rescue Chihuahuas is among the 49 animals found at a property in a remote area of Bernalillo County in January and February. These dogs and three cats are at the city’s Animal Welfare Department shelter on Lomas NE, where 19 of them are available to adopt. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Animal hoarding recidivism common

Tough-to-treat animal hoarding leaves dogs and cats in bad shape and shelters strained

Animal Welfare Department officers found this trailer overrun by cats in 2011, and caught 12 of them. The home was full of debris and stank of ammonia from cat urine, according to the city’s Nuisance Abatement Team. (Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque)

Suspected animal hoarding should always be reported

There’s much that’s difficult yet typical about animal hoarding cases, as Alan Edmonds, cruelty case manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, well knows.

Razor, left, a 3-year-old Dachshund, and his best friend, Jazzie the Saint Bernard. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

A dog’s best friend

St. Bernard’s little buddy sparks rescue to save her from mud bog in Belen

Researchers use viruses to trace migration of cats

TOKYO – Japanese researchers have succeeded in tracing the migration of cats by examining remnants of infectious viruses in cat genomes, according to a recent article published on the website of the scientific journal Scientific Reports.

Cat may have heart disease

Q: My poor Abby, who is still a youngster at 5 years old, is having severe problems walking.

Is your cat misbehaving?

Q: My cat is 10 years old. This last year he has been climbing on the back of another male cat that we have (who is more subservient) and biting his neck.