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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2009 | Bob Pool
Long Beach is going to the dogs. And as they knock on doors around there and in nearby Cerritos, Seal Beach and Signal Hill in an usual hunt for canine scofflaws, about the only excuse authorities haven't heard yet is that Fido ate the license notice. Animal control workers are going house-to-house in search of unlicensed dogs in what is turning into an unusual census of the area's dog population.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A 67-year-old man was in sheriff's custody after Riverside County animal control officers found more than 300 malnourished or dead dogs and cats at his trailer home in Temecula. Elisao Jimenez was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Nothing, it seems, gets between David Grigorian and his marmoset monkey. On Wednesday, the 43-year-old Van Nuys resident found himself in court once again for harboring an undocumented primate. Grigorian has told authorities that he considers Cheeta to be a member of his family, but state Department of Fish and Game officials say the animal has got to go. In January, police arrested Grigorian for allegedly shouting criminal threats in front of a house in Van Nuys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2008 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
If you've been on the L.A. Animal Services website any time in the last couple of months, you know the department maintains a digital countdown of the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the city's spay/neuter law goes into effect Wednesday. Now, there's less than a week to comply with the ordinance requiring most pet cats and dogs in Los Angeles to be sterilized. There are a number of reduced-cost options for sterilizing your animal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
With real estate values plummeting and foreclosed homes sitting empty, a family of bobcats apparently decided the time was right to pounce. So last week, they slipped out of the parched foothills of Lake Elsinore and into a spacious, vacant home in well-groomed Tuscany Hills. Residents of the development got their first look Aug. 27 when the feline squatters -- at least two adults and three kittens -- lolled atop a wall outside the Spanish-style house. Someone called 911, reporting mountain lions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
It's been a summer of tough breaks on a remote ranch where Barbara Clarke had hoped hundreds of old and ailing horses could live out their final days amid sagebrush prairie and juniper forests. Now, Clarke has almost run out of hay and money to buy more for the animals with tattered manes, sagging backs and yearning eyes that she had rescued. Her predicament underlines the precarious finances of animal sanctuaries that live and die on the donations of others. Some of Clarke's animals were taken from sanctuaries that could no longer afford to care for them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Lawmakers on Friday adopted new protections for animal researchers, rejected a controversial bid for neutering pets and floated a plan for solving the state's water crisis. They also addressed efforts to protect homeowners from foreclosure scams and to provide consumers with more choices on milk as 87 bills moved through the Legislature a week before their scheduled adjournment. On Friday, three weeks after firebomb attacks on UC Santa Cruz animal researchers and months after vandalism at a UCLA professor's home, state senators unanimously approved an emergency measure to strengthen laws protecting academics against violence and intimidation.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal officials are considering killing Yellowstone National Park elk infected with a livestock disease. Government agencies have killed more than 6,000 wild bison leaving Yellowstone over the last 20 years in an effort to contain brucellosis, which causes cattle to abort. Cattle in parts of Wyoming and Montana where there have been no bison for decades are being infected, and livestock officials in both states are now targeting elk as the cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A 60-pound pit bull named Rocky mauled an animal control officer in Lakewood, leaving the officer with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said Wednesday. The 28-year-old officer, who was not identified, suffered flesh wounds to his arms and legs and a broken knuckle after the dog lunged at him during a routine house call, said Capt. Aaron Reyes, who heads operations for the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in southeast Los Angeles County.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman denied a request by the Humane Society of the United States to block the government from killing protected sea lions at Bonneville Dam. Indian tribes and fishermen say the sea lions are eating threatened salmon. The killing could start by the end of this week.
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