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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Animal control officers found 17 dogs and a cat in “deplorable” conditions Wednesday when they searched an Alhambra home. Feces and urine littered the home in the 100 block of South Meridian Avenue, the Alhambra Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. The animals were removed by officers and transported to a shelter for evaluation, KTLA-TV reported. “The condition of the residence was deplorable with animal feces and urine everywhere,” the department said in its statement.
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NATIONAL
July 17, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
Wanted, to serve their country: a few (thousand) good dogs. As it guards the borders and hunts for terrorists, the Department of Homeland Security relies on an elite squad of about 2,000 canines to sniff for bombs, drugs and smuggled cash. Now the department is moving to expand its four-legged force by 3,000 — about 600 dogs a year over the next five years — according to a recent bid solicitation aimed at small breeders across the country. Males and females ages 12 months to 36 months are eligible.
SPORTS
March 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Lynette Blue says she thinks her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show earlier this month, causing it to die several days later. "The timeline adds up. There's no other scenario we can come up with other than poison," Blue told the Associated Press. Blue said her dog, a 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz, died on Feb. 16, four days after competing, and that certain symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Disney's family comedy "Old Dogs" stars Robin Williams and John Travolta as aging bachelors, lifelong friends and business partners who have to take care of a pair of kids, perhaps at the peril of the biggest deal they've ever made. Is this light family comedy a surprising place to find the likes of . . . Seth Green? "I don't know, I don't know what people think of me! If you look at my filmography, I'm all over the place," says the Seth Green of "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Rat Race."
TRAVEL
October 7, 2001
Regarding Carole Wade's letter ("Fur Flies Over Hotel," Sept. 9): She certainly is justified in complaining about the barking dogs in the hotel room adjoining hers at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. But the conclusions she draws are myopic. To say that "dogs do not belong in hotel rooms" because a few of them create a disturbance is also to say that humans do not belong there because most noise in hotels is the result of human activity. What is really at issue here is human behavior.
TRAVEL
June 13, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A rerun of "Animal Planet" flickered across the TV screen as my roommate yawned deeply, lay down on the floor in front of me and rolled over on his back, his long, gangly legs sticking straight up. "I get the message," I said. "Too much TV. So let's go somewhere. " Darby, my happy-go-lucky wheaten terrier, jumped up and ran to the front door, panting. "I didn't mean right now," I said. "We have to plan it. But you get to pick where we go: North? South? East? West?" He barked four times.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
The 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died at the Pittsburgh Zoo over the weekend bounced two times on a protective netting after falling off a railing and into an African painted dog exhibit, where the dogs then attacked and killed him, the zoo's chief executive said Monday. Barbara Baker, who has been with the zoo since 1990, occasionally looked distressed during the morning news conference as she answered questions about Sunday's tragedy -- what she said is the first visitor death in the venue's more-than-100-year history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
Scott Harris' column regarding the proposed $500 license fee for dogs misses the mark ("Putting Teeth Into L.A.'s Dog License Laws," Oct. 16). Dog owners whose pets run loose will: Never license their dogs. Never get caught. (Why haven't they been cited under current laws?) Never neuter. The time, rhetoric and money expended on the B.S. would be better used citing and fining people whose dogs are allowed, even encouraged, to run loose. By the way, I belong to dog obedience and breed clubs and show my dogs, so I would be exempt as the bill is presented now. But believe me, they will come after law-abiding pet owners first.
OPINION
May 27, 2002
Re "Officers Create a Doggie Haven for Stray Pooches," May 19: Thank you for publishing the story about the LAPD Southeast Division officers who are helping to rescue lost, abused and hurt dogs. Since adopting a "rescue" pup two years ago, I understand the plight of so many animals in situations similar to that of these dogs. It is a situation that should make every human being sick. Steven N. Copley Harbor City
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