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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A woman pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty after her pit bull mix was found barely able to move with injuries to its head and eyes, authorities said. Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, allegedly used a rock and shoelaces as "dangerous weapons" to inflict the injuries, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities did not elaborate on how the objects were allegedly used. Martinez, who pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, is due back in court Feb. 24. She is the second person to be charged with abusing a dog in Los Angeles this week.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2009
"Fire, Bed & Bone" Henrietta Branford I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history books. A dog's masters are taken to jail and the dog ventures out to help and protect his masters' family. The story takes place in 1381, so it is not exactly the best time. I believe that those who love history and dogs will love this book.
WORLD
June 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- For animal lovers in China, the week seemed to bring one discouraging headline after another. First, tourists in a southern resort reportedly manhandled a stranded dolphin and took photos with it rather than immediately call for help; the mammal later died. Then, customs authorities announced that they had caught two men trying to smuggle more than 200 bear paws into the country from Russia; the feet are considered a delicacy in some parts of China.  On Friday, the southern city of Yulin went ahead with a dog meat festival, over the objection of activists who complained many of the table-bound canines were abducted strays and pets being slaughtered at unlicensed butcheries.
SPORTS
April 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In the middle of several nights, Ramon Sessions woke up dazed and confused. He then searched around his Manhattan Beach residence, wondering about his pet dog's whereabouts. Sesh, his 6-month-old Staffordshire terrier, wasn't there, though. The dog remained in Cleveland for nine days with Sessions' cousin after the Cavaliers traded him to the Lakers. It turns out Sessions' arrival to the Lakers involved much more than learning the offense, playing with new teammates and getting settled in a new area.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
President Obama's nod to the idea of a short-term increase in the debt limit has people talking about whether offering Republicans this option is smart or dumb. Smart: It relieves the pressure of near-term brinkmanship. Dumb: It just means there will be another standoff crisis in a few weeks.  There's a certain small amount of value in buying time, however; the question is whether anything good happens in the interim. That question reminds me of a Jewish parable about the Polish landowner's talking dog, which I heard from the corporate conglomerator Meshulam Riklis in 1986.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
It looks as though Missy, the mountain-climbing dog from Colorado who was left to die by her owner on a Colorado peak last month, is going to a new family: A rescuer who saved the animal after it went eight days without water, food or medical care. Meanwhile, Anthony Ortolani, the owner of the German shepherd mix, has received death threats for leaving the dog to die, his lawyer told the Los Angeles Times. “He's gotten letters and calls that he's cruel and has no right to the animal,” said Denver lawyer Jennifer Edwards, who represents Ortolani.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
It's a howling shame. An Ohio woman who had hoped to get her dog on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has been ordered to remove a Cahuenga Pass billboard that pictures her pooch in a blond wig with the message, "Ellen, Denali the Dog Wants to Meet You. " Madalyn Ruggiero, a freelance photographer who dresses her golden retriever in funny costumes and sells the images as greeting cards, had rented the billboard for six weeks. But instead of getting a phone call to appear on DeGeneres' show, Ruggiero got word from the billboard company that her ad had to come down after only five days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities are searching for an “aggressive” mountain lion that killed a German shepherd in a Fontana backyard Wednesday and kept returning to the home despite being shot at by police. About 3:30 a.m. a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd, the Fontana police said in a statement. When officers arrived, the animal was in the front yard of the home.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
For 53 days, Barbara Bagley waited for news of her Shetland sheepdog, Dooley. The 4-year-old dog vanished after a December car accident in a remote swath of Nevada that broke Bagley's ribs and punctured her lungs. Her husband, Brad Vom Baur, and their other sheepdog, Delaney, were killed. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there,” Bagley, 48, told the Associated Press. “I wasn't 100% sure, but I didn't grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.” Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City, and a group of Nevada residents who heard about her plight on Facebook spent weeks combing the sagebrush near Battle Mountain, a blip of a town along Interstate 80. People there had repeatedly a spotted a skittish, “Lassie-type” dog. On Feb. 18, searchers finally cornered Dooley, who'd subsisted on roadkill and water from nearby ranches.
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