June 21, 2013 |
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.
February 21, 2013 |
Call this the story of Bo the Wyoming Wonder Dog. A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner's home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper. He'd been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body. But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives. PHOTOS: Rescued animals “If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog's owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.
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April 7, 1999
It's 12:45 a.m. on a Sunday. I am reading in bed with the window open to hear the night sounds. The coyotes are yipping and calling as usual, but they sound closer tonight, much as they did 35 years ago. This was, and still is, their home and hunting ground, even if humans are crowding them out. The yipping becomes frenzied and suddenly mixed with the terrified yips of a dog. It's all over in about 20 seconds. Silence is profound; nothing disturbs the darkness. Other neighborhood dogs are quiet, safe behind their fences.
October 17, 2012
Re "Michael Vick, dog owner," Editorial, Oct. 14 Why take up the cause of a man whose crimes shocked even hardened animal rescue workers? The Times argues that because Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has served his time, he deserves a second chance at dog ownership. In fact, Vick only served time on dogfighting charges. The animal abuse charges against him were dropped in a plea deal. This is what happened the last time Vick owned dogs: The dogs were starved, chained, shot, strangled, electrocuted, beaten and slammed into the ground until they died.
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February 14, 2014 |
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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July 2, 2013 |
A video showing a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog is drawing outrage on the Internet, and its owner claims he was targeted because of pending claims against the department. The shooting Sunday occurred after a standoff between police and armed robbery suspects near the intersection of 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Officers handcuffed bystander Leon Rosby, 52, after he walked close to the scene with an 80-pound Rottweiler on a “long leash-line," creating “an increasingly dangerous situation,” the Hawthorne Police Department said in statement.
April 18, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Nicolas Cage got himself arrested in New Orleans over the weekend. Luckily for him, Dog the Bounty Hunter was there to bail him out. ( Los Angeles Times ) With a full lineup of 21st century bands, Coachella was no nostalgia fest this year. ( Los Angeles Times ) The TV Land Awards, however, were a total nostalgia fest. ( Los Angeles Times ) After seven straight weeks of depressed box office, movie grosses appear back on track.
December 20, 2013 |
The partial collapse of the Apollo Theatre on London's West End on Thursday evening has raised questions about the future of the National Theatre's award-winning production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. " Performances of the play, which is based on the popular novel by Mark Haddon, have been canceled through at least Jan. 4. Thursday's freak incident occured during a performance of the play when part of the Apollo's ceiling collapsed and fell five stories onto audience members, resulting in seven serious injuries but no fatalities.
October 30, 2013 |
Tanya Meyer knew almost immediately that something wasn't right. She let her two dogs, Zoey and Maggie, out of the house and into the surrounding woods in the small town of Rome, Wis., where they live. Maggie came lumbering back within moments last Friday morning. But Zoey, a chocolate 1 1/2 -year old Labrador mix, was nowhere to be seen. “I started calling for her and she wasn't answering," Meyer told the Los Angeles Times. She was worried because the area around her isolated central Wisconsin house is mostly forested, and regularly used as hunting grounds.
March 28, 2010 |
Outside of a Dog A Bibliomemoir Rick Gekoski Constable & Robinson: 278 pp., $23.95 At last, a book about a life with books that puts the little buggers in their place. After his divorce, Rick Gekoski spent a few weeks wondering who he was without his books (the ex held them for ransom). They were, he thought, "as close as I came to a soul." In a flash (epiphany-like), he realized that he didn't actually need to have them with him at all times to recognize their importance in his life.