Tragedy inspires woman to educate locals about keeping pets safe

Sandie Newton meets with DeAnn Lubell and Sugar.

If you have a pet, you know how important they are in our lives. Experts say having a pet in the home actually reduces stress levels and might even help us live longer lives. They are treasured members of our family, and we treat them as such.

But here in our desert communities, our precious dogs and cats are vulnerable. They can become victims of coyote attacks — which often end tragically. And it’s this very unthinkable reality that inspired long-time local DeAnn Lubell to form her nonprofit Amy’s Purpose.

On a sunny afternoon in 2019, Lubell’s two beloved dogs, Amy and Sugar, were outside relaxing and playing on her back patio as they did every day. They loved their time in the sunshine, and Lubell loved seeing them so happy.