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NATIONAL
January 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Two former golf club employees have been charged with theft and cruelty to animals in the death of a dog. An Oahu grand jury indicted Saturnino Palting, 58, and Nelson Domingo, 43, both of Kalihi. They are charged with stealing a dog owned by Frank Manuma. The German shepherd-Labrador mix named Caddy had been tied up near a maintenance shed while Manuma played golf. Manuma said police told him the two men butchered and ate his pet.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A man accused of trying to drown his dog in a bathtub was charged Thursday with animal cruelty. Casey Purser faces up to five years in state prison if convicted of the felony count. Los Angeles County prosecutors said Purser became angry Monday when he came home from jail on an unrelated drug case and saw that his pet Shih Tzu had defecated on the carpet. The dog, named Toby, was thrown into a bathtub and held underwater until a neighbor intervened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
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