Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Animal Kingdom.(New Mexico)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Capitol Bureau

* New Mexico sets aside this week to educate the state about spaying, neutering and caring for critters

SANTA FE The four dogs scrambling down the Saltillo tile steps into Jane Carson's living room in Eldorado on a recent Monday are furry examples of one woman's compassion.

Carson, a retired Army nurse who served in Vietnam, rescued the dogs after finding each one abused, abandoned and hungry.

"These poor animals, all they want is love and food," Carson said, patting the closest soft jowl. "We've made them dependent on us, and yet horrible things happen to them."

Carson and a small band of like-minded animal lovers took a big idea a week each year when New Mexicans take a more caring look at the planet's other inhabitants and successfully pitched it to Gov. …

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