Dr. Ron Mauro, 1970
Winters will leave Taos Animal Shelter Taos may be without a veterinarian until the summer according to Dr. Robert L. Winters, who is leaving his position (In charge of the animal shelter, and taking up private practice in Evergreen, Colo. Efforts are being made by the animal shelter board to find a veterinarian to replace him when he leaves at the end of this month. So far they have been unfruitful. Winters says in ( June when veterinarians will have just received their degree, finding a replacement should not be so difficult. In the interim, Dr. Ron Mauro, a veterinarian from Espanola, will work once a week at the shelter. Natalie Friedman, Taos, will be running the shel- > ter's boarding facilities, and putting the animals up for adoption until a veterinarian is located. There are numerous reasons for Winters' return to private practice. Among them, he said, "It's just no fun putting animal: to sleep." The shelter's policy is to keep stray animals for 10 days, after which they are disposed of Winters said he often keeps the animals for longer when the shelter is not full. There are few times during the year, however when all the cages are not being used. Winters estimated 600 animals are brought to the shelter each year. The facilities only provide 18 dog cages and five cat cages. Approximately 360 of these animals are not adopted and cannot be kept after the initial period because of crowded facilities. They are put to sleep. The facilities, Winters added, are excellent for a town the size of Taos. Many larger cities can not boast so spacious a shelter. Until a new vet arrives, however, owners of sick animals will have to wait out the week for Dr. Mauro, or make the trip to Espanola.