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Cat is thinking outside the box

Q: Last year during the July 4 fireworks, my 5-year-old cat tried to use the litter box, messed on himself, and got a urinary infection.

Plato the 150-pound tortoise is captured by animal control officers in Santa Fe on Tuesday after he escaped from her owner's home. (Mark Oswald/Albuquerque Journal)

Heartsick tortoise home after fleeing

SANTA FE – A possibly depressed, 150-pound tortoise named Plato made a break for it and escaped from her owner’s Santa Fe home before being corralled Tuesday morning by animal control officers on Old Santa Fe Trail, where he was backing up traffic.

In this Nov. 2013 photo, Officer Cassandra Wells takes Murphy out for a ride in Portland, Ore. Murphy lost 200 pounds to join the force and has just captured his first suspect. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian/The Associated Press)

Slimmed-down horse nabs first collar

PORTLAND, Ore. – Murphy the horse, once a woebegone Oregon ranch animal, had to shed 200 pounds to make the Portland police force and now he has collared his first suspect.

Canine distemper spreading fast

Veterinarians in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas have seen a significant uptick in canine distemper cases.

A mother cat and her kittens are too-typical residents during kitten season at the city shelters. Foster care will help the kittens become socialized and give the mother some well-earned rest. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Animal volunteers always needed

City always looking for volunteers to help with animal needs, especially foster families

Lexy, whose rank is lieutenant colonel, offers a shake to Van Woodruff at his appointment with Maj. Christina Rumayor, a psychiatrist at the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Lexy is more of a “cuddler” than a guard dog, so she was trained as a therapy dog and helps calm Rumayor’s patients. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Therapy dogs help treat soldiers

Therapy dogs prove their value in helping treat mental health problems of armed forces members

Keep an eye on old cats

While ooohing and aaahing at the beautiful and peaceful new cattery, Casa de Los Gatos, at Animal Humane New Mexico last week I was asked about a 17-year-old cat.

Pet hedgehogs becoming more popular

GARDNER, Mass. – They are tiny animals with cute faces. They’re covered in quills. They roll …

Police-training videos aim to decrease pet shootings

LOS ANGELES – The majority of shootings in most U.S. police departments involve animals, usually dogs, and experts say a new series of videos can help change often quick-trigger decisions fueled by fear.