CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2008 |
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.