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February 8, 2009 | Jack Leonard
Furious that his girlfriend had broken up with him and stopped taking his calls, Steven Butcher decided to take his anger out on the couple's small puppy. "Every time you . . . don't pick up the phone, I am beating the dog," Butcher said in an angry voice-mail message he left for his ex-girlfriend. In a later message, as the dog yelped and cried in the background, he said: "You got some more of the dog getting beat."
October 23, 2008 | The Associated Press
Six farm employees in Iowa were charged with animal abuse and neglect Wednesday in connection with a video obtained by an animal-rights group that showed workers abusing pigs. Authorities in Greene County northwest of Des Moines began investigating about a month ago after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a video of workers at a farm in BayardIowa, hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about sodomizing sows with rods.
April 18, 2008 | David Haldane
A man accused of taking a video of himself abusing rabbits and a dog pleaded not guilty Thursday to six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, authorities said. Joseph Anthony Deiss, 19, surrendered at the Fullerton Justice Center, where he was arraigned and released on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing May 8. Deiss, of Yorba Linda, is accused of throwing a pug and three rabbits 15 to 30 feet in the air and allowing them to hit the ground. The charges were filed after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals saw a video of the incident on MySpace and showed it to authorities.
April 17, 2008 | Tony Barboza
An animal rights organization is urging the Orange County district attorney's office to "vigorously" prosecute a man who allegedly took a video of himself abusing rabbits and a dog, then posted it on, calling his behavior "extremely severe." Joseph Anthony Deiss, 19, of Yorba Linda was charged last week with three counts of animal cruelty and three counts of animal abuse by a caretaker after allegedly throwing a pug and two rabbits 15 to 30 feet in the air and allowing them to hit the ground.
March 23, 2008
I understand the frustration of people who witness this abuse, and Sarno is correct that the true facts need to be presented before any lynch mob can take their position. However, most of us are becoming more and more aware of the connection between animal abuse and human abuse. The FBI's Behavioral Science Unit trains students on the behavior of violent criminals, looking for particularly vicious or unusual behavior like animal mutilations. The unit offers its assistance to local law enforcement agencies.
September 19, 2006
Re "Painted Pachyderm Draws Outcry," Sept. 16 Only the desperately trendy could be attracted to the latest debacle by British artist Banksy. In his art exhibit's feature piece, "Elephant in the Room," a fully painted live elephant is made to stand in a putrid warehouse for eight hours at a stretch. By exploiting the 38-year-old elephant, Banksy supposedly comments on big problems nobody talks about, like poverty or bad water. His ironically flat-footed metaphor misses the real elephant in the room: animal abuse.
July 9, 2006 | Vincent J. Schodolski, Chicago Tribune
It all began with a cat-napper. Five years ago, Alison Gianotto was appalled when someone stole a neighborhood cat in Del Mar and set it afire. So she started raising money for veterinarian bills that soon amounted to $5,000. The cat, named Bert, died of burns and kidney failure, but Gianotto was so impressed with the outpouring of generosity that she decided to use her computer skills to set up a website devoted to tracking people who abuse animals. Thus was born.
October 28, 2005 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
During the compelling revival of "Equus" at East West Players, theatrical gestures repeatedly ride past mere effect into pure expression. Under the capable guidance of director Tim Dang, playwright Peter Shaffer's celebrated study of a child psychiatrist and his horse-blinding patient slowly but surely pierces our collective viscera. Slashing vitality has marked this psychodrama ever since its 1973 premiere at Britain's National Theatre with Alec McCowen and Peter Firth.
October 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
UC San Francisco agreed Friday to pay $92,500 to settle charges that it mistreated research animals, including allegations it penned them in dirty cages, over-bred monkeys and did not provide enough anesthesia to a sheep during surgery. The U.S. Department of Agriculture charged the university with 61 animal welfare violations in 2004. The university agreed to pay the money, without admitting responsibility, and to comply with the Animal Welfare Act, said university spokeswoman Corinna Kaarlela.
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