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September 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Makah Indian Tribe's whaling commission did not authorize the killing of a California gray whale that was harpooned and shot several times in northwest Washington's Strait of Juan de Fuca, a member of the panel said. The U.S. Coast Guard detained five men believed to have killed the whale Saturday, then turned them over to tribal police for further questioning.
September 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A black gelding found starving and tied to a barbed wire fence was in such poor condition that it had to be euthanized, said animal control officials who were looking for the horse's owner. The animal, estimated to be in his late 20s, was found without water or food last week in near 100-degree temperatures. Michelle Helberg, owner of Saddles to Boots in Sebastopol, found the horse on her way home. "This horse was not only starved, he had been abused for quite some time," she said.
August 28, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Michael Vick apologized Monday for his involvement in dogfighting and vowed to redeem himself. Shortly after entering a guilty plea on a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge -- one that leads to a Dec. 10 sentencing date and probable prison term -- the suspended Atlanta Falcons star made his first public comments on the situation.
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 25, 2007 | Newport News, Va., Daily Press
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Georgia woman doesn't want to see the dogs seized from Michael Vick's Surry County property die. Instead, Bernadette Allen, of Roswell, wants them to be neutered and have their teeth removed so they are no longer a threat, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond Friday. The U.S. attorney's office filed for custody of the dogs after they were seized from the property when it was searched in April.
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.
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