CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 |
Littlerock is one of those small Antelope Valley towns that melt into the desert, a place of few people but many dogs. Houses surrounded by chain-link fences bear "no trespassing" and "beware of dog" signs. A chorus of barks and growls greets passersby. Numerous strays also roam the desert. Residents say Littlerock has become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs. "A car will come down the street at 40 mph, slow down and a door will open," said longtime resident David Cleveland.
May 16, 2013 |
The fatal attack on a woman walking in the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock by four pit bulls last week has prompted Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to ask the county Department of Animal Care and Control to look into ways to better deal with the problem of vicious dogs prowling the streets. Roaming dogs in general are a problem in the Antelope Valley, where the landscape seems to invite careless or even cruel behavior. “People go out there and abandon their dogs in the desert,” Marcia Mayeda, the director of Animal Care and Control, told me. “They abandon horses too. We find them - skin and bones.” People also sometimes let their dogs run loose, thinking that's fine in a rather rural area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2013 |
Larry Hill is the dean of a small network of dog trainers who are out to save the bully breeds - pit bulls, mastiffs and Rottweilers - of South Los Angeles. His specialty is tough dogs in tough neighborhoods. In his professional work and monthly free classes, he takes lunging, yelping masses of dog flesh and molds them into gentle companions. Hill's mantra is there is nothing wrong with the dogs. It's the owners who have the problem, as I discovered one Saturday morning at St. Andrews Recreation Center in Gramercy Park.
August 14, 2011
By Los Angeles County ordinance, a dog can be labeled "potentially dangerous" if it threatens or attacks a person without provocation, or if it leaves its owner's property and injures or kills someone else's pet. A dog can be labeled "vicious" if it severely injures or kills a person. For years, the county's Department of Animal Care and Control took complaints about dangerous dogs that its officers deemed legitimate to Los Angeles County Superior Court for a judge to decide. But late last month, the county Board of Supervisors voted to amend the ordinance to allow the department to settle such complaints through administrative hearings.
April 1, 2005 |
Scooby got his due Thursday, as the governor signed into law a requirement that antifreeze have a bitter taste to deter dogs from lapping it up. Scooby, a golden retriever from Bernalillo, N.M., had to be destroyed in 2003 after drinking the poisonous liquid. His death prompted an Albuquerque ordinance a year ago, and now the statewide requirement. "Scooby's Law is now official," Gov. Bill Richardson said at a ceremony in his office.
August 25, 2002
It's a tragic story, one that shouldn't be repeated. But dog attacks continue despite hard talk by authorities and the inevitable wave of media coverage. This time, the victim was a helpless 2-year-old boy in a La Habra neighborhood who was savagely mauled by a pit bull. Though the boy is now in stable condition, his scalp was torn from his head; his forehead, cheek, chest, legs and eyelid were punctured. Doctors say the boy's greatest danger now is infection.