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January 25, 2000
Continuing to clean house at its troubled animal care agency, Orange County officials Monday tapped a former administrator to serve as interim director until a new boss is chosen this spring. Russell Patton, who retired as county personnel director in 1995, will take over today as interim director of Animal Care Services, said Mike Spurgeon, chief of regulatory services at the Health Care Agency, which oversees animal control services.
February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A runaway camel injured a man and damaged a car Friday in Palmdale. Officials said the owner of the animal could face charges. The daughter of the injured man said her father was hurt when the camel stomped him as he tried to corral the animal.  “My dad ... tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,”  Skylar Dossenbach told CBS-TV...
June 5, 2005
As an owner of two pound dogs and all too aware of the horrendous animal "shelter" problems in this country, I was skeptical as I started reading the article about Guerdon Stuckey, the new head of L.A.'s Department of Animal Services ("Animal Government," by Janet Kinosian, Metropolis, May 8). But a good interview has a way of exposing someone's character, motivation and worldview. And before long, I was nodding my head with hope and enthusiasm. This man truly understands the big picture, and if anyone can fix a complicated bureaucratic problem, he can. Jill Watkins Corona del Mar Stuckey's words must be taken with a grain of salt.
July 15, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A snow leopard at the Sacramento Zoo has been euthanized after suffering from severe traumatic injuries to her back, zoo officials said. Shanti, who at 20 years old was one of the oldest snow leopards in captivity, suffered severe damage to her vertebrae. “It was pretty clear that the prognosis was not good and her quality of life was starting to suffer, infection had kicked in and the neurological issues were getting worse, so we made the difficult decision on Friday afternoon to go ahead and euthanize her,” said Sacramento Zoo Director of Animal Care R. Harrison Edell.
March 31, 1987 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which bought Marineland and then closed it, announced Monday that it would offer Rancho Palos Verdes two to three acres of land and $250,000 to build an animal care facility to take care of beached seals and sea lions. Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Melvin Hughes called the offer a "rehash" of an earlier proposal committing $175,000, which would still leave city government with the expense of maintaining the facility.
October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An Ojai woman who lived in a minivan with 20 rabbits and kept 70 more in a squalid barn was ordered Monday to perform 160 hours of community service designed to teach her how to properly care for animals. Ventura County Superior Court Judge James P. Cloninger said he did not believe 60-year-old Norma Keyzers intended to harm the rabbits she kept.
Armed with the most up-to-date animal codes and regulations, the women wearing black jeans and with gold badges on their belts entered the fair building and split up. Each took an aisle. Officer Shawna Boatman headed past the cages of mini-lop-eared rabbits, briskly scanning for dirty water, empty food dishes or the telltale soiled hay of unchanged cages. Officer Joyce Houde peered purposefully into the cages of the dwarf hotots and Himalayan black rabbits.
Orange County's top veterinarian quit his job Tuesday in the midst of a county investigation of its troubled animal shelter and a disease outbreak that has infected and killed dozens of cats, including some taken home for adoption. Dr. Richard Evans, 53, resigned in the face of an inquiry that could have led to his firing.
November 10, 1985 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Animal care seems to have reached an apex in sophistication and comfort, and it may seem only natural that it has occurred in this exclusive community. Are you leaving on vacation for a week --or a month--and need somewhere to leave your prized mongrel or purebred?Bring the dog here for the royal treatment--including oversized and partly carpeted dog pens and specially prepared meals in a kitchen that Betty Crocker might envy. Is your cat--or horse--developing skin cancer?
January 7, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
Let's face it, most of us don't give animals much thought unless they're our own. I don't have any pets, so I seldom think of them at all. When animals make news, it's usually because a kooky animal-rights activist has done something off the charts. Given the tendency to dismiss "animal news," is there such a thing as a truly historic moment for animals? Some Orange County animal activists think so. And they think the time is now. Robert Newman is one.
June 25, 2013 | By Jean Merl
In response to recent incidents involving vicious dogs roaming the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County will increase staffing and equipment and add another call center to help curb the problem, officials said. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved nearly $775,000 for the project immediately and has earmarked an additional $2.4 million for approval soon, said Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the area. The money was allocated in response to last month's fatal mauling of a Littlerock woman by a pack of pit bulls as she was taking an early morning walk near her home.
June 1, 2013 | Kate Mather, Abby Sewell and Matt Stevens
Littlerock is one of those small Antelope Valley towns that melt into the desert, a place of few people but many dogs. Houses surrounded by chain-link fences bear "no trespassing" and "beware of dog" signs. A chorus of barks and growls greets passersby. Numerous strays also roam the desert. Residents say Littlerock has become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs. "A car will come down the street at 40 mph, slow down and a door will open," said longtime resident David Cleveland.
May 16, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The fatal attack on a woman walking in the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock by four pit bulls last week has prompted Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to ask the  county Department of Animal Care and Control to look into ways to better deal with the problem of vicious dogs prowling the streets. Roaming dogs in general are a problem in the Antelope Valley, where the landscape seems to invite careless or even cruel behavior. “People go out there and abandon their dogs in the desert,” Marcia Mayeda, the director of Animal Care and Control, told me. “They abandon horses too. We find them - skin and bones.” People also sometimes let their dogs run loose, thinking that's fine in a rather rural area.
July 16, 2011
In nature, animals often give birth during the safest and easiest time of the year — summer. The climate is temperate; food sources are plentiful. But in Los Angeles and other urban areas, there's little safety for the thousands of kittens born under house porches, in bushes and garages, even in abandoned cars. And kitten season is here. In May alone, the city's shelters took in nearly 1,800 unweaned kittens — too young to survive without their mothers or a lot of intervention from humans.
December 25, 2010 | By Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post Dispatch
American shoppers face an array of labels in their grocery stores, most designed to help them make healthful choices. Soon they'll see yet another label ? this one concerning the treatment of animals in the food chain. "There's organic, there's fair trade, but 'humane' is the next big thing," said Phil Lempert, a supermarket and consumer behavior analyst. "We ask shoppers what they're looking for, and that's what they're telling us. " The increasing consumer demand, though, has already touched off a controversy over labeling standards for meat and eggs ?
April 10, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley
Jo Anne Worley belted out an old standard love song with a heavy Brooklyn accent. Gary Owens cupped his hand to his ear, vintage broadcaster style, and let loose with quips straight out of 1968. And George Schlatter read letters from NBC censors that warned phrases like, "Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls," and tongue-twisters like "the Farkle family" would never fly on network TV. It was a mini-reunion of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" luminaries at West Hollywood's Comedy Store on Thursday night, assembled to honor Lily Tomlin, an animal activist receiving an award named for her from Voice for the Animals Foundation.
Continuing to clean house at its troubled animal care agency, Orange County officials Monday tapped a former administrator to serve as interim director until a new boss is chosen. Russell Patton, who retired as county personnel director in 1995, will take over today as interim director of Animal Care Services, said Mike Spurgeon, chief of regulatory services at the Health Care Agency, which oversees animal control services.
Investigators at the Humane Society of the United States sent a letter Wednesday to the San Diego Zoo charging that its elephant exhibit is inadequate and "extremely dangerous" for both the huge mammals and their keepers. The letter to Doug Meyers, the director of the San Diego Zoological Society, was prompted by the death Sunday of Maya, a 51-year-old Asian elephant that was put to death after she fell into a moat and crippled herself.
August 12, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
They are the people who take care of the cats and dogs that other people don't want. In Los Angeles' seven city-run shelters, animal care technicians calm traumatized animals, feed hostile ones and clean hundreds of kennels. They also administer the drugs that euthanize those would-be pets that never get adopted, and, in a last act of comfort, hold them close as they succumb. During the day, they play matchmaker for adoptable animals and potential owners.
June 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with last month's stabbing of a duck -- which was released into the wild Thursday after weeks of medical care -- after two other juveniles came forward with information, authorities said. It was not clear whether the youths witnessed the attack or learned about it through other means. The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center of Orange County had posted a $1,000 reward for information about the wounded animal.
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