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VALLEY NEWSWATCH

June 03, 1997

Lawsuit Over Dog: The case of Pal the pug is headed to court. Or part of it is. . . . A Northridge veterinarian who examined the dog--the pug that was skinned alive--filed a $1.5-million claim Monday against the city of Los Angeles, claiming animal regulation officials violated his civil rights by illegally searching his office. . . . The officials have acknowledged the search, but they said it was a legal. The vet believes the dog was skinned by a human, while the department says the dog was the victim of a coyote attack.

* DUCK RESCUE: A few dozen ducks in Westlake Village have been left high and dry after a man-made pond at the Village Green Office Park was drained for cleaning and the installation of a new filtration system. People have responded by setting out children's plastic pools filled with water. B2

* JAIL ESCAPE: Neighbors of the county jail in Castaic say they are fearful and angry after a suspected murderer broke out. B1

* HOUSE TROUBLE: Habitat for Humanity built a new house for a Newhall man left homeless by the Northridge earthquake, but the man declared it a "monstrosity" and refused to move in. B1

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday June 5, 1997 Valley Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Zones Desk 2 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Newswatch--The headline on Tuesday's Newswatch item about the case of a Northridge veterinarian and Pal the pug was erroneous. The vet has filed a $1.5-million claim against the city of Los Angeles, not a lawsuit. He contends that animal regulation officials violated his civil rights by illegally searching his office.

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