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V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011


Chained to a cause

Babes and Bullies members are chaining themselves to dog houses for 11 hours on Saturday at UNM. The group is participating in Chain Off 2011. This national event is held every year on Fourth of July weekend to highlight the plight of dogs that spend their whole lives on chains.

The demonstration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. will and raise money for Kaya—a pit bull rescued from starvation in late May by New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better. Babes and Bullies will have a booth out there on Saturday and will sell merch. All proceeds will benefit Kaya.

Pit bulls tote around quite a reputation–from bad-ass guard dogs to evil attack hounds—and in keeping with the bad boy tradition, they are irresistible to babes.

Nearly 25 percent of the dogs placed in Albuquerque animal shelters are pit bulls, according to Babes and Bullies. The group started a couple years to fundraise, raise awareness and act as a resource for pit bulls and their owners.

Babes and Bullies is one of many groups across the country that challenges the premise that all pit bulls act aggressively. The group isn't a rescue service, but many of the women act as foster guardians for abandoned dogs.

While pit bull advocacy groups cite the breed's loving and loyal disposition, their history in dog fighting is hard to ignore. Over the past 160 years, pit bulls have been bred to obey humans, but their behavior against other dogs is another matter, according to the Pit Bull Rescue Central. Traditionally used as fighters, the dogs are trained not to back down in confrontations.

Megan Cooley, president and treasurer of Babes and Bullies says that the perceptions of pit bulls acting aggressively comes from their loyal disposition.

“They're so loyal to their owner, they'll do anything,” she says. “People take advantage of that.”

While many cities banned pit bulls entirely, the Albuquerque City Council ruled instead to place dogs of all breeds in three categories: “potentially dangerous,” “dangerous” and “irresponsible owners.”

Owners that fail to restrain their dogs are civilly liable for any harm caused. Of the 27 instances reported on the city’s website, 20 involve pits.

Kirtland Air Force# base is the only area of the city that bans the dogs, a move that Babes and Bullies spoke out against in March.


Las Conchas fire update: Cochiti evacuation, boycott fireworks, pet haven

Cochiti is prepping for a mandatory evacuation. Los Alamos was evacuated this afternoon.

A Facebook event is circulating that invites people to “boycott fireworks of any kind this year in New Mexico!” The guest list has grown exponentially throughout the day. As of right now, almost 6,000 people are attending and about 400 are not.

The Española Valley Humane Society is taking in animal evacuees from the fire. From the news release:

We are accepting dogs, cats and caged pets from evacuees and serving as a staging location for poultry, horses, donkeys, goats and sheep in small numbers. If you or someone you know is evacuating, please have them call us, so we can give them important information about the evacuation process for pets. Call 505-753-8662 or 470-1278.

Donations of cash, dry food, non-clumping cat litter, paper bowls, crates, cat litter boxes and towels are appreciated. The shelter is seeking people who may be able to temporarily house an animal. If you’re willing, send an email to

Updates from the shelter are also available on Facebook.

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Red Dragon Invades Downtown

Monster possibly about to make a trip to Knockouts

I love this weird city. A crowd of shrieking and pointing passersby attracted me to the front entrance of Knockouts on my way back from lunch this afternoon. It was not a dancer doing something outrageous. It was the biggest four-legged reptile I’ve ever encountered outside of a zoo. It was rough and reddish, with a long white band on its tail and enormous jowls. Unlike the speedy Godzilla, or a Komodo dragon, it was crawling along like cold honey. And it was moving steadily towards the Knockouts door. His owner stood calmly minding him, answering questions from rubberneckers like me.

Me: “Holy shit!”

Owner: “ ... “

Me: “What is that?”

Owner: “Red tegu.”

Me: “Where’s it from?”

Owner: “Argentina.”

Me: “Oh my god, what does it eat?”

Owner: “Meat. He’s a carnivore.”

Me: “Holy shit!”

The nice man explained, however, that he has this particular red tegu on a diet of wet dog food. Still, I wouldn’t try to pet it, as they are known for eating anything that can fit between their jaws.


The Daily Word in Weiner and Wiener, sunscreen and making out

The Daily Word

Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.

Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Wiener not resigning post-rape joke.

Rep. Steve Pearce is asking the National Guard to look into a racism complaint by Spc. Adam Jarrell. (Read an Alibi interview with Jarrell.)

Naked beluga whale taming.

UNM football player arrested for refusing to pull up his saggy pants, according to airplane crew.

Monsoons supposed to follow dry winters. WTF New Mexico weather?

What is a bohemian rhapsody?

The Baconery.

Life expectancy of women declines in U.S.

Two people making out during a riot.

Conan O’Brien’s honest commencement speech: “No specific job or career goal defines me or should define you.”

V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011


The Daily Word with fights, Chihuahuas and Lady Gaga

The Daily Word

Serbian general accused of massacring 8,000 Muslims has been captured.

Patriot Act expires tonight at midnight—and Congress is rushing to renew it.

Cibola student taken to the hospital after a fight leads to broken facial bones and seizures.

Errant golf ball kills Chihuahua.

Gov. Martinez ditches her own No. 2 and sits nonchalantly near Heather Wilson.

Growers’ markets open today in Nob Hill and Downtown.

PayPal co-founder will pay college students $100,000 to drop out of college and start companies.

Parents won’t announce baby’s sex.

Maui Time ordered by police to turn over users’ IP addresses.

Supreme Court upholds Arizona law that punishes employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

The Isotopes’ policy on booze. (Not unlike most policies on booze.)

Legislators sue guv over vetoes.

Lost pyramids spotted from space.

The ADHD of Lady Gaga.

V.20 No.20 |


The Daily Word: Food trucks, MacGyver, orgies

The Daily Word

77,000 acres burned just north of Silver City.

Judge to decide wrongful death lawsuit in APD shooting from 2009. (Guy was holding a car ashtray, which officers thought was a gun.)

Health Department targets food trucks.

CDC prepares for a zombie apocalypse.

It's raining! But the long drought made the Bosque a tinderbox.

After judgment day on Saturday, what will happen to the believers' pets? Atheists are offering to take them in. For a fee.

Insurance salesmen in Germany rewarded with orgies by their company.

Why is bad food so good?

What would MacGyver do?

Gwyneth Paltrow can rap "Straight Outta Compton."

V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011

Alibi Picks

For the Dogs

The Eastside Animal Welfare Center (8920 Lomas NE) is throwing a "grand opening" party to celebrate a recent renovation. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 18 animal rescue groups will man info tables and help with pet adoptions. The fun includes free pizza, door prizes and demos by the APD K-9 Unit, as well as the unveiling of two newly installed sculptures: "Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHeuvel and "American Dog" by Dale Rogers. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 768-1975.

V.20 No.18 |


The Daily Word: Geronimo, heroin, therapy kangaroo

The Daily Word

Geronimo's great-grandson objects to bin Laden's codename.

How did they find bin Ladin?

House approves antiabortion package.

A lot of heroin in Albuquerque ($300K sold daily), says the Sheriff's Office.

"Seal Team 6, a unit so secretive that the White House and the Defense Department do not directly acknowledge its existence."

PRC investigates whether the gas company broke any rules during the cold snap.

Intel's air permit has been updated in spite of neighbors' health complaints.

The AP won't cover today's GOP presidential primary debate because of restrictions placed on the press by sponsors FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party.

Pelosi wants more transparency in fraking.

Last WWI vet dies. He was 110.

Obama's mom.

Things are getting better, so Glenn Beck became irrelevant, argues WaPo columnist.

Therapy kangaroo.

V.20 No.12 |


The Daily Word: Earthquake in Myanmar, jet fuel, sperm from scratch

The Daily Word

7.0 earthquake hits Myanmar.

Jet fuel from Kirtland leaks into a neighborhood.

UNM proposes 8 percent tuition hike.

Lobo Village dorms to allow alcohol, but planners never mentioned it to the City Council.

Gov. Martinez is not done on the driver's license issue.

Missing parrot.

Scientists grew sperm from scratch outside the body.

Without serotonin, male mice lose their preference for females.

Who will the Republicans run in 2012?

In 2009, Gaddafi demanded energy companies from around the world help him cover his bill for acts of terrorism.

Palestinian missiles getting closer to urban areas near Tel Aviv.

An interview with the clowns of ICP.

V.20 No.11 |


The Daily Word: .xxx, menthols, fast food

The Daily Word

Super moon.

Roundhouse 2011: Bills on driver's licenses, social promotion and capital outlay fail.

Gov. Martinez promises to veto a tax that would keep New Mexico's unemployment fund afloat.

The cleanest fast-food joints in town.

First lady gives APS teacher a grant to install a salad bar at his school. But APS doesn't want it.

30 puppies may be euthanized in Las Cruces.

Missile hits a building in Gaddafi's compound. France and Libya could be at it for a while, the countries say.

Fire breaks out on the roof of a nuclear reactor in Japan.

Menthols may be harder to quit, says FDA.

Porn industry and religious groups unite in hatred over .xxx web suffix.

Rich countries are eating so much quinoa, Bolivians (who lived of it for centuries) can't afford it.

The world's most perfect steak can be found in Idaho, says globe-circling book writer.

The 400-pound marathoner.

V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011


The Daily Word 01.20.10: Garbage hotel, mafia, Gov. Martinez

The Daily Word

Remember that TSA trial in Albuquerque I was talking about? After much delay, it’s happening today.

130 arrested from seven mob families in a mafia crackdown.

This guy’s trying to learn how to speak prairie dog.

How about an extra year to decide about college without losing your lotto scholarship?

Only 70 percent of the population can see 3D movies.

What was served at the “quintessentially American” dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao?

National Republicans may be considering Gov. Martinez for bigger things.

UNM Regent Jack Fortner is sure the governor will reappoint him. Did the $40,000 he donated to her campaign help?

Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on her healthy food campaign.

A hotel made of garbage! What will the Spanish think of next?

The ladies of death row. (Not the record label.) Wait, why is this a story?

V.19 No.50 |


The Daily Word 12.22.10: DADT signed, WTF, Lakers

The Daily Word

Sgt. Torry Chambers arrested and accused of raping female inmates at MDC.

Guv-elect pulls a secretary of education from Florida.

President Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.

Toys that cause lasting psychological problems.

A nuclear treaty between the United States and Russia may pass today.

World's ugliest cat?

CIA launches WikiLeaks Task Force (WTF).

There's not an ap for WikiLeaks.

9/11 first responders pissed at Republicans.

What happened to the Lakers?

Teens not having as many babies these days.

Is America the sick kid?

50 rad things from 2010

V.19 No.50 | 12/16/2010
Tom Nayder

News Bite

Lost Dog Found

Alibi ad nets stolen canine

When Angela Stell came across news of a missing pit bull, she knew she had to help. "I thought, If she's going to have a chance of being found, we're going to have to get involved."

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V.19 No.39 | 9/30/2010
Puppies in the back of Patty Mugan’s truck on their way to no-kill shelters out of state.
Courtesy of Patty Mugan

News Profile

500 Miles to Safety

A shelter worker becomes part of an underground railroad for strays

When Patty Mugan goes to work, she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that some of her friends will die on her watch. Mugan is not the only one who faces this grim forecast every day. That's just reality for animal shelter employees. "Some days, it is very difficult to see some of the things that we see at our shelter," says the Valencia County Animal Shelter technician. "But I know that for some dogs and cats that have been abused or abandoned or on the streets for a long time, this is the best they have ever been taken care of; because they had shelter from the weather, fresh food and water, and someone that cares to spend time with them—at least for a little while."

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