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July 14, 2012 | By Jason Song and Danielle Paquette, Los Angeles Times
When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies began searching for the cause of a fire that killed three horses and a goat last month, they joined a number of other investigators who have been called to the property in Willowbrook over the last five years. County employees have issued more than 100 citations for alleged animal abuse, unlicensed buildings, drug possession and other violations. Forty-nine of them deal with crimes that allegedly occurred at the property, including 27 drug-related offenses and two assaults.
March 5, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
On Friday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill designed to thwart activists who go undercover to report animal abuse. This makes Iowa the first state in the country to pass such a law; Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah are considering them. Undercover investigations, including videos and photographs, are a principal tool used by activists of all stripes to document abuse cases and have led to legislative reforms, prosecutions and even facility closures around the country.
October 21, 2011 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
New documents released Friday show that the exotic animals caged at a backyard zoo in Ohio suffered abuse and neglect -- lacking basic necessities such as food, water and shade -- while the public was repeatedly placed at risk by ramshackle enclosures and animals on the loose. Lion cages often lacked roofs, leaving "nothing to prevent the animals from...escaping," while other animals were kept in filthy, cramped pens, according to the reports. Pens were also located too close to one another, causing anxiety for the animals and, sometimes, injury: In one case, a tiger was missing its tail -- most likely because it slipped through an adjoining cage and was ripped off or bitten off by another animal.
March 18, 2011
"Puppy mills" are the factory farms of dog breeding ? big and, all too often, neglectful and cruel. Female dogs are frequently overbred in back-to-back heat cycles to the point that their bones break and their teeth fall out. Hundreds, even thousands, of breeding dogs and puppies can end up crammed into filthy cages, according to animal welfare advocates, who have made numerous undercover videos of some of the worst abusers across the country. But like factory farms, puppy mills are perfectly legal.
December 23, 2010 | Meghan Daum
What does Michael Vick want for Christmas? A dog, apparently. Don't panic: He's not allowed to get one until 2012, when he finishes the probation that followed his nearly two-year prison sentence for running a dog-fighting ring. But there's much anticipatory anxiety in the air nonetheless. It all started this month, when the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback told a group of children at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, N.J., that he longed for a canine companion "more than anything in the world.
April 3, 2010 | By David Kelly
A former Los Angeles County assistant fire chief was sentenced to three years' probation Friday on animal cruelty charges for beating a puppy with a 12-pound rock, injuring it so severely that it had to be euthanized. Glynn Johnson, 55, of Riverside also was required to do 400 hours of community service working with dogs, take anger-management classes and serve 90 weekend days in jail. He could have been given four years in prison, and the sentence was immediately denounced by those hoping for more jail time as a "slap on the wrist."
February 25, 2010
Oh heck, why dither: The proposal by state Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter) to create a registry of animal abusers -- to be funded by a new tax on pet food -- is a cockamamie idea. Animal protection is rightly a concern of most Californians, and the state has some of the stiffest laws in the nation against illegal enterprises such as dogfighting and cockfighting. California is also in the forefront of the national movement to improve treatment of farm animals, and Florez deserves credit for championing this cause.
July 12, 2009
How pathetic and unexpected to find Web Buzz publicizing an event that is nothing more than animal abuse in the guise of a religious festival ["Taking the Bull by the Horns in Spain," by Jen Leo, July 5]. The running of the bulls is an archaic, uncivilized display of cruelty to animals. After the run through the streets the animals are exhausted and kept in the bullring where their fate is sealed. Isn't it thrilling to watch these animals in the throes of death, gasping for their last breath?
February 11, 2009
Re "Putting the hurt on pet abusers," Feb. 8 I am grateful to The Times for alerting readers to the real and horrific link between those individuals who abuse animals and other forms of community violence. This cycle of violence is often accepted by society as "boys will be boys," but as sociologists and others are coming to understand, those who abuse vulnerable animals are just warming up, and animal abuse is a profound indicator of future antisocial behavior. I am glad that this is now being taken seriously by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles City Council.
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