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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.
May 16, 2011
The Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden's compound aren't the only members of the mission to be cloaked in mystery. The military dog the commandos took along is too. The government won't even release his — or her — breed, although most military dogs are German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labradors or Lab mixes. We do know the canine was included in the very private meeting President Obama held on May 6 at Ft. Campbell, Ky., with the assault team. Dogs have been rescuing us from calamities for centuries.
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."
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.
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 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.
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
March 1, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
The next time you're out of town, you don't have to leave Fido with a pricey professional pet-sitter, your slacker brother or at a kennel where he'll be cooped up in a cage all day. With start-up Dog Vacay -- think Airbnb for dogs -- you can drop off your pooch at the home of a fellow dog lover. Hosts watch your pet while you're away and set their own rates (usually $15 to $80 a day). It's free to become a member, and more than 400 hosts have already joined in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, co-founder and Chief Executive Aaron Hirschhorn said.
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