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Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Reptile Killers Caught

The and killed and stole dozens of reptiles have been caught. Both are 17 and have confessed.

These two also trashed the facility beyond use, and stole considerable property.

Sadly, they will not be punished for their extreme cruelty. The New Mexico animal cruelty statue explicitly excludes reptiles. This needs to be changed immediately.

These thugs were caught with 19 stolen turtles — strange how their parents did not notice the sudden, huge influx of turtles into their home… nor the new bicycle… nor the other stolen property suddenly acquired by their kids.

The 10-foot albino Burmese python, Gloria, stabbed extensively “in the neck” by the thugs appears to be recovering. They claim the 15 snakes still unaccounted for were released into the desert — if true, they will not survive out of their habitat.

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Reward Offered for Reptile Killers

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information on the and killed many of the animals. Here are some details of the attack:

The killers (there had to be more than one) used several knives, a fireplace poker and at least 2 frying pans to beat the animals to death. They hit the animals so hard that they broke off the handles of both frying pans. They also injured several turtles by smashing stones onto their shells.

If you have any information on these heartless goons, call:

(505) 526-8000 or (800) 897-2746.

These numbers can be called 24/7.

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Reptile Rescue Fundraiser

On September 11, thugs who remain uncaught broke into the facilities of Las Cruces Reptile Rescue and killed and stole numerous reptiles. They also trashed the facility beyond use.

A fundraiser for the organization will be held Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 4 pm at the Court Youth Center.

For more details, call (505) 680-6675 or (505) 680-6082.

About 15 snakes and 30 turtles remain missing. If you have any information on this crime, call (505) 525-1911.

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Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Bee Yard

A bee yard just outside of Las Cruces.


Ideally, bees should be located where they get some shade and near water. These hives are about 2,000 feet from the Rio Grande.

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Reptile Rescue Hit by Thugs

Las Cruces Reptile Rescue is a volunteer operation by local residents that provides care for lost or abandoned reptiles.

Yesterday, unknown thugs broke into the home where the Rescue facility is located. Besides trashing the home and stealing property, these miscreants killed a number of the reptiles, including 3 pythons, 2 gray-banded king snakes, a bearded dragon, and a round-tail horned lizard.

A 10-foot albino Burmese python was stabbed multiple times, but will probably survive.

The police say that attacking the reptiles was the reason for the crime.

I had a personal experience with Reptile Rescue about two years ago.

I was driving near my home when suddenly a dog ran in front of me — then with a shock I realized it was a huge lizard! I knew that such an animal wouldn’t survive in the city, or the surrounding desert, so I jumped out and caught it. It was quite a chase, but I managed to catch it without hurting it — or getting bit.

Here are several photos:


I couldn’t take care of it, so I called the Animal Shelter. They recommended Reptile Rescue, which I then called. They said they’d have someone out to get it within 20 minutes, and they did.

While I was waiting, I discovered it was extremely thirsty.

Here’s the web site for . They have posted these details about the attack:

The killers (there had to be more than one) used several knives, a fireplace poker and at least 2 frying pans to beat the animals to death. They hit the animals so hard that they broke off the handles of both frying pans. They also injured several turtles by smashing stones onto their shells.

They are accepting donations for repair of the facilities, estimated to be at least $6,000.

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