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December 28, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
In a cavernous warehouse on a recent weekday, Rose Parade volunteers were busy painting and clipping flowers as they rushed to complete their float in time for New Year's Day festivities. But all activity paused when the star of the decorated stage arrived. With a Marine corporal in tow, Lucca, a German shepherd-Malinois mix, hopped curiously toward a group of excited children. Her head dipped from the weight of her body, no longer supported by her amputated left leg. It's been nine months since Lucca lost her paw to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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."
August 21, 2009 | Mark Medina
In the latest sign that the NFL is trying to give Michael Vick another chance, fans can order on a Philadelphia Eagles dog jersey with Vick's name written on the back. A New York Daily News reporter successfully purchased the "custom pet jersey," making it clear that Vick isn't on the league's list of words and names shoppers cannot use for customized jerseys. Fans may be worried about the message, but they shouldn't worry about their pets' safety. says the dog jersey is made of "breathable polyester micromesh fabric and has a stylish and comfort-fitted V-neck cut."
January 8, 2011
Mark and Cindy Evans make the rounds of Southern California flea markets early, before most shoppers have gotten out of bed. Their favorite stops: The Groves Antique Market Held the first Sunday of the month from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. Admission and parking are free. Dogs allowed. (949) 786-5277. Pasadena City College Flea Market Also held on the first Sunday of every month, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Due to a scheduling change, the market happens to be open this Sunday.
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.
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.
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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