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August 27, 2007 | Jaime Cárdenas, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Russell Baze, the winningest jockey in thoroughbred racing history, was suspended for 15 days and fined on Sunday for using his whip on an injured horse who later died. Baze, who has 9,826 victories, was headed to an easy win aboard Imperial Eyes in the first race Thursday at Bay Meadows when the horse took a bad step and broke down in the deep stretch.
August 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man upset at his neighbor's barking dog poisoned the animal with meatballs and hot dogs laced with rat poison, aspirin and cholesterol medication, the city attorney's office said. Lawrence Rothfork, 54, of North Hollywood pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count each of animal cruelty and animal poisoning, said city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan. The dog was treated by a veterinarian and recovered.
August 22, 2007 | Sam Farmer
Even before Michael Vick's problems of dogfighting arose, there were whispers around the NFL that the Atlanta Falcons might get rid of him by 2008. That's not what people think of when they talk about Vick the superstar quarterback. But that reputation was built more on occasional highlights than consistently excellent play, and he had been largely disappointing over the last two seasons, during which the Falcons were 15-17.
August 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Michael Vick's legal troubles from dogfighting could get even worse. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback faces possible prosecution in Virginia court, where punishment might exceed the maximum five years in prison that could await him in his federal case. Surry County prosecutor Gerald Poindexter has said he probably will pursue charges against Vick. Poindexter says the case could go before a county grand jury Sept. 25.
August 18, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Michael Vick stands alone. His last two co-defendants pleaded guilty to dogfighting charges Friday, pointing the finger at the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and saying he not only bankrolled the venture but helped execute dogs that didn't perform well. In separate hearings Friday morning in Richmond, Va., Quanis Phillips of Atlanta and Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach, Va.
August 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An animal rights group criticized a children's program on a Hamas television station in which a man swings cats by their tails and throws stones at zoo lions to teach children not to abuse animals. The segment on "Tomorrow's Pioneers" carries a warning that children should not imitate the behavior. "But it is common knowledge that children will mimic the behavior they see," said Martin Mersereau, spokesman for Norfolk, Va.-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
August 3, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
A 56-year-old man was arrested this week on suspicion of animal cruelty after his 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever apparently died of heat exhaustion inside the man's BMW, Los Angeles police said Thursday. Bennett Ira Goldberg of Simi Valley apparently left the dog unattended in the car in the 6800 block of Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park for at least four hours Tuesday afternoon while temperatures continued to rise inside the vehicle, police said.
July 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 18-year-old local man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of animal cruelty and grand theft in the removal and torture of a 42-pound African spurred tortoise. Jose "Tony" Mosqueda was arrested without incident after a search warrant was served in the 600 block of Cedar Street in Ventura, authorities said.
July 18, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The NFL has its latest -- and unquestionably biggest -- fallen star: Michael Vick. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback -- the league's second-highest paid player -- on Tuesday was indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges related to illegal dogfighting. Vick, 27, and three others are accused of violating federal laws against staging dogfights, gambling and engaging in unlawful activities across state lines.
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