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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico’s lakeside town of Elephant Butte on Wednesday changed their leash law to let community icon-turned-national media star Blue the dog continue roaming free, within the confines of a wireless fence.
The vote ended a closely watched, monthslong dispute over whether the blue-eyed Australian heeler, who became a fixture in the town after being abandoned more than a decade ago, should be subject to the town’s ordinance.
Blue’s attorney and caretakers at the Butte General Store and Marine initially sought an exemption for Blue, citing his popularity in the community and friendly demeanor. After city officials refused, they reached a compromise to include wireless fences as an acceptable restraint under the law.
Blue has been hanging around the store for years. He has refused numerous attempts at adoption, so community members have built him an air-conditioned and heated dog house. Store visitors regularly donate cash for his care.
Blue’s fight over city demands that he be leashed or confined made national headlines and earned him more than 3,700 Facebook friends.
Janice Conner, who owns the general store with husband Bob Owen, said it’s been a long saga, but one that ended well for Blue, the community and dog lovers around the world.
“In his name, people have donated money to people with other dogs in need,” she said in a telephone interview. “Dogs have been adopted through his Facebook page. All around, it has been a real positive thing.”
At the local level, the ordinance change protects other dog owners from being threatened with the potential loss of a dog, said Albuquerque attorney Hilary Noskin, a lake property owner who took the case pro bono. Under the new ordinance, pet owners must be given warnings before a dog can be picked up by animal control, and any complaints about a dog must be verified before pet owners are cited, she said.
Connor said Blue’s troubles began after baseless complaints about his free-wandering ways that followed a fatal pit bull attack in Truth or Consequences, about two miles away.
Connor said Invisible Fence of New Mexico donated a fence that gives Blue about an acre of territory to roam around the store.
“They did a lot of training with him, but it’s going to take a while,” she said of the system that delivers a shock-like jolt through a dog’s collar when it crosses a defined perimeter. “He has gone out one time, and he fought coming back through it.”
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.