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October 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Robert Culp's lawsuit alleging that the Los Angeles Zoo mistreats elephants can go forward. Judge Reginald A. Dunn has rejected arguments by the city that the complaint filed by the 77-year-old actor and real estate agent Aaron Leider lacked a legal basis. Culp and Leider want to stop the zoo from building a $40-million elephant exhibit. They accuse zoo authorities of withholding medical care from elephants and keeping them cramped in small places, and don't want the zoo to keep any elephants.
October 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Charleston sentenced a man to three years in prison for tossing a 10-week-old puppy off an apartment balcony during an argument with his girlfriend. The Yorkiepoo, a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle, was in a soft-sided container. It suffered head injuries and had to be euthanized. Javon Patrick Morris, 22, apologized for throwing the puppy off the third-floor balcony in March and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
October 13, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
State wildlife officials on Friday said they were investigating the beheading of a deer, allegedly by an Avalon city employee who dressed the carcass and then left the head dangling in a soccer net near a preschool and City Hall. "We are investigating this case to the fullest," said California Department of Fish and Game Lt. Kent Smirl. "We're hoping to file with the Los Angeles County district attorney next week."
September 20, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the prosecution of "eco-anarchist" Rodney Coronado after the jury said it was deadlocked. Coronado, 41, was accused of urging a gathering of vegans to throw firebombs. He was charged under a seldom-used federal law that makes it a crime to describe how to make an explosive device with the intent of encouraging a lawless act. On Aug.
September 18, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A federal jury began Monday deliberating the fate of environmental activist and ex-convict Rodney Coronado, accused of telling a group of vegans how to make a firebomb for use in "direct action" against those who abuse animals. Assistant U.S. Atty. John Parmley, in his closing argument, told jurors that Coronado came to San Diego as a "recruiter and mentor of arsonists."
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.
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