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Here’s hoping we can stop trapping

A few weeks ago in this column I posted a letter telling the story of a dog who spent three days caught in a coyote trap.

Hike in distemper cases concerns Grant County

SILVER CITY – Animal control officers in Hurley and Bayard say they are seeing an alarming increase in cases of canine distemper hitting Grant County. GiGi Shoaf, animal control officer of High Desert Humane Society, says that her organization, too, has seen canine distemper on the rise at their shelter recently.

Elsa simply had to get her portrait taken with Santa on Saturday at the Cabezon Community Center in Rio Rancho, and the golden retriever is clearly happy with the visit — the photographer got the blonde’s good side. The dog belongs to Jan Cummings. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Pooch portraits

Look at the camera and say “doggie treat!”

Alamosa Elementary School fourth-grade students Juaquin Sanchez and Zia Martinez watch as Ziggy, a three-legged paraplegic kitten, scoots along the floor using a suspension walker crafted by the students

Rolling with Ziggy

Disabled kitten finds cool friends – and new wheels – at Alamosa Elementary