If investigators are right, John William Bell likes morphine and other heavy-duty narcotics so much that he was willing to do almost anything to get them, including lying, forgery and throwing an acquaintance to the dogs, in a manner of speaking -- because one of the crime scenes in the long-running ... More >>
At its national convention in Denver this week, officials of the American Veterinary Medical Association have taken the unusual step of "clarifying" the organization's policy on cat declawing to stress that it's a major surgery -- making prominent use of the word "amputation" in describing the proce ... More >>
An animal advocate for more than two decades and the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Animal Defense, David Crawford knew how to help injured and distressed animals he encountered in Boulder -- but was often at a loss for the right resources outside the area. "We were constantly getting calls from peopl ... More >>
Ever seen an anteater get an ultrasound? No? The Denver Zoo can change that. Zoo tamandua Rio is pregnant -- thanks in no small part to her mate, Quito. Tamanduas are a species of anteater native to South America that sport sixteen-inch tongues that they use to, well, eat ants. That's an important ... More >>
Our September 12 cover story, "The Cruelest Cut," examined the growing controversy over a pet surgery that's common in the U.S. but banned in many other countries -- the declawing of cats. Some veterinarians and anti-cruelty activists would like to see the procedure, which involves removing a sectio ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Cruelest Cut," traces the evolution of the documentary The Paw Project, the story of Jennifer Conrad's decade-long campaign to ban the declawing of cats -- a common procedure in America but one that many veterinarians and animal rights activists regard as an unnecessary ... More >>
When Jamie Rephann's eight-year-old boxer mix, Tank, started having trouble walking, he took his dog to the vet, where he learned the options were pretty limited. Either Tank could go on expensive pain medication that might destroy his liver, or Rephann could try other, alternative treatments for hi ... More >>
Back in 2010, we published a story in which a veterinarian warned that dogs shouldn't be given marijuana. Shortly thereafter, Fox31 did a lurid version of the same story, complete with imagery straight out of a '60s-era psychedelic flick. Then, last year, CBS4 reported about a vet who'd conducted a ... More >>
David and Goliath is a tale of the underdog, of surmounting impossible odds and coming out the victor. But when Chris Cooper took on the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the sweetness of an unlikely victory came with a bitter aftertaste. As we reported in August 2011, Cooper's beloved dog, Sophie, died ... More >>
Last week, we told you the latest in the case of Bill Lee, an Idaho Springs rancher and mall Santa whose animals were seized in a cruelty investigation. Lee has agreed to plead guilty to one count of animal cruelty and has been granted a two-year deferred judgment -- meaning that if he complies with ... More >>
Cranbeary the polar bear is no stranger to loss or heartbreak. Two years ago, she lost her mate, Frosty, who died of liver cancer at the age of 25, just one month after Cranbeary arrived at the zoo to er, become acquainted with him. And last week, Cranbeary's aunt, 25-year-old Soosha, was euthanized ... More >>
Back in January, prosecutors said they wanted Hyung Kyo Chung and Shannon Jeffrey to spend time in jail after being convicted of animal cruelty for mistreating their puppy, Bailey. In the end, though, the couple earned probation even though the dog suffered two bone breaks within his first six mont ... More >>
No, he didn't get a crown, Dr. Aubrey J. Lavizzo informs me, when the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association named him the 2011 CVMA Veterinarian of the Year. But he did get "a free lunch for me and my wife, Gale" -- and a round of applause from his colleagues in recognition of his decades of servi ... More >>
Dave Parsons/Denver Zoo Hesty, the Denver Zoo's new effing adorable baby Sumatran orangutan, is ready to see and be seen. Born on June 19 to mother Nias and father Mias, she made her public debut on exhibit this past Saturday. (No word on whether the zoo's other baby animals were insanely jea ... More >>
Laura Higgins says weed doesn't equal euphoria for pets.Recently, a dog scarfed down a batch of pot brownies her owner purchased at a local medical marijuana dispensary -- a seemingly humorous scenario that quickly proved to be no laughing matter. The owner "had called all her friends, and a ... More >>
Could you say no to this guy? Apparently, Patric LeHouillier can.A Colorado Springs attorney accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities act by not allowing a disabled woman and her seeing eye dog into his office will have to shell out $50,000 as part of a consent decree approved by ... More >>
"That heifer is my hero!"Cows are generally thought to be relatively docile creatures: lumbering, slow moving grass munchers that aren't terribly difficult to round up. But not a heifer in Evans, which, during almost 24 hours on the loose, repeatedly evaded capture. And it wasn't subdued unt ... More >>
"Look what that friggin' lizard did to me!"Last September, we told you about local dog Becca the Labrador, whose claim to fame was eating a sock, puking it up, and then eating it again. Thanks to this excellent achievement, Becca was named a finalist for the first annual Veterinary Pet Insur ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Colorado State UniversityAhhhhhh... so pretty... Move over, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. Surrogate motherhood isn't just for celebrities anymore. Or humans. Or the living. Last May, a tornado cut a swath through much of Windsor, Colorado, and among its victims was ... More >>
Dog days. Dogs are annoying. They whine, beg, bite, bark and poop. They stink and shed and jump on your guests. They have to be walked and yelled at and taken to the vet. Most pet owners allege that dogs are worth all that trouble, however, and judging by the number of canines visible on any given ... More >>
Is Bill Stiffler a friend or foe of Colorado equines?
If one schnauzer is nice, what's wrong with 150?
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Jim Schwartz believes pet vaccinations sometimes do more harm than good.
Dr. Gayle Trotter
Equine Acupuncture and Chiropractic Services
Senator Wayne Allard
Changes knows that pet lovers need closure, too.
Coon Papa and Bat Lady go where the wild things are.
Animal-rights activists say CU researchers are worming out of a debate.
One sick elk leads to a wholesale slaughter, an angry rancher and a demoted veterinarian.
A disgruntled horse buyer snags a lemon and goes public--sort of.
CUDDLES IS DEAD, BUT THE PICKETING AT THE VET'S OFFICE CONTINUES.
AT DEATH'S DOOR, AIDS DOCTOR ADAM MYERS BATTLES TO POSTPONE THE INEVITABLE.WHERE THERE'S HOPE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, DR. ADAM MYERS MEASURES VICTORY ONE DAY AT A TIME.
AN UNSUSPECTING VETERINARIAN AND HIS ANIMALS GET CAUGHT UP IN A BIBLICAL DEBATE.