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Kayenta vet: What happened to supplies at animal shelter?


When veterinarian Jim Eubank left Kayenta Township last August, he tried to keep things as amicable as possible but he had been feuding with Township Manager Gabriel Yazzie for months over his overtime hours.

Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth

Dr. Jim Eubank examines a steer at the veterinary clinic at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta.

Now Eubank fears Yazzie is holding a grudge and refusing to release about $10,000 worth of medicine, pet food and supplies that should be benefitting the animals of Kayenta.

“They (the township) don’t have any use for any of that stuff,” Eubank said in an interview last week. “A lot of it is probably already expired.”

Yazzie did not return a phone call by press time.

Eubank now works for the Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education at the state-of-the-art veterinary clinic at Monument Valley High.

But there are still some items from the old clinic at the Kayenta Animal Care Center that he could use, including a digital X-ray machine, a blood chemistry analyzer and a device that seals off an animal’s uterus as an alternative to removing it during a spay operation.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at


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