Alibi V.15 No.36 • Sept 7-13, 2006 
Stray and dropped-off dogs at the Santa Fe shelter that are not yet ready for adoption stay in “pods,” spacious bisecting kennels with skylights.

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Work in Progress

Albuquerque’s animal shelters strive to clean up their act

Nine years old and blind: a prime candidate for euthanasia. That’s how Debbra Colman found her. The sign read: German Shepherd, female, 9 years, blind, spayed. When Colman rescued Ladybug from the Eastside Animal Care Center and brought her to a veterinarian, the verdict was a little different: German Shepherd, female, 5 years, not blind, un-spayed. She was so “not blind,” in fact, that when Colman tossed a ball 30 feet away, the cloudy-eyed dog would run and fetch it easily, eager for another round.

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