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November 6, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The story of Jack the Cat , who was found 12 days ago at JFK Airport after having been missing for two months, has come to an end. The cat was euthanized Sunday because of his deteriorated condition. American Airlines offered its sympathy to owner Karen Pascoe and "the cat-loving community who have grown fond of Jack since he went missing. " The cat had been checked into the airline's cargo area Aug. 25 for a flight from New York to California, but the airline later reported him missing during the run-up to Hurricane Irene.
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SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
BARANOVKA, Russia - Nestled into a hill overlooking the Black Sea, the PovoDog shelter provides sanctuary to more than 120 strays who were lucky enough to escape the life-threatening streets of Sochi. Some have matted fur and bald patches. A few look emaciated. And all face uncertain futures when the Olympic flame is extinguished Sunday. "We have the world's attention now," said Nadezhda Mayboroda, a private tutor who set up this makeshift shelter a few weeks ago. "When the Games end, there will still be dogs in Sochi that need help.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Winky, a popular but ailing elephant that had been transferred from the Detroit Zoo to a California refuge, has died. The 56-year-old elephant was euthanized Monday, according to the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which housed Winky in its San Andreas compound. Winky was one of two Asian elephants moved in 2005 to the sanctuary in the Sierra Nevada foothills because of arthritis and foot problems. Officials with the society say Winky was unable to get back on her feet after sliding to her hindquarters over the weekend, forcing veterinarians to euthanize her. Fifty-year-old Wanda remains there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
NEWS
January 20, 2002
Re "Outcry Over Pets in Pet Food," Jan. 6: While the practice in St. Louis of boiling down euthanized pets is certainly horrific, it is by no means unique. Most shelters in Orange County, including the county shelter, and veterinarians send their euthanized pets to a rendering plant right here in Orange County. I have no doubt that the final destination for these much loved pets is the food bowl of Fido or Kitty. Consumers should be as vigilant about reading pet food labels as they are about their own food labels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1999
Dr. Mary Knight wrote (letter, June 4) that Netherlands patients "are afraid to go to the doctor for fear of being euthanized." On May 5, I visited an elderly friend in a Rotterdam nursing home. The patients were of all ages in all kinds of condition. My friend has little short-term memory. She may never leave the nursing home. She and the others are well cared for. There were many doctors and nurses available. No way were any of these patients being euthanized. JOY GAULT Lawndale
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February 26, 2009 | Tony Perry
Sunita, the oldest elephant at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, was euthanized Wednesday morning by animal keepers after a long battle with ill health, zoo officials said. A 60-year-old female Asian elephant, Sunita came to the zoo in 1974. Her death leaves the Wild Animal Park with four Asian elephants and 11 African elephants. Sunita had a number of health problems associated with old age, including a fast-moving infection. She had also broken a tooth and had refused to eat in recent days.
NEWS
November 2, 2011
Coyote policies: An article in the Oct. 31 LATExtra section about efforts by Calabasas and other cities to teach residents to coexist with coyotes said that Glendale had planned to shoot a pack of coyotes that moved into an abandoned house. City officials called in county experts to evaluate the situation, an action that could have resulted in the animals' being trapped and euthanized. Ultimately the city took no action. Steve Jobs: In the Oct. 29 Calendar section, a review of "Steve Jobs," Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple co-founder, said that Jobs grew up in suburban Pal Alto (a misspelling of Palo Alto)
SPORTS
May 27, 2006
I'm sure you have received thousands of letters concerning Barbaro and his career-ending injury in the Preakness Stakes, from horse racing "fans" who think it is wonderful that Barbaro had a surgery that saved his life and how great it is that Barbaro did not have to be euthanized. Horse racing is my life. I work as a jockey agent and have been involved as an owner, groom and assistant trainer for almost 20 years. Sure, Barbaro had a surgery that saved his life, but was this truly the "humane" thing to put this animal through?
OPINION
July 21, 2009
Re "Animal rights, writ too large," Opinion, July 16 Regarding Meghan Daum's column, millions of animals are euthanized in the U.S. every year. When animal breeders manage to find a home for each of those millions of creatures, I will listen to their arguments about the right to breed. We are ultimately judged by how we treat the least fortunate among us. Right now the record is looking dismal. Cheryl Kohr Redondo Beach :: I was very glad to see a bit of sanity in Daum's column.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Riverside County officials have euthanized 134 roosters found on a property near the small desert town of Oasis during an investigation into a suspected cockfighting ring, authorities said Saturday. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department discovered the roosters, several boxes of blades, a cockfighting ring and a trophy after responding to a report of animal cruelty at the property on Thursday, said Cpl. Joshua Morales, a department spokesman. The roosters had to be euthanized because they were raised to fight and are too aggressive to enter a normal population, Morales said.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
A beached whale that stranded itself off the coast near Tampa, Fla., early Thursday was euthanized later in the day, but not before attracting hundreds of onlookers. The 30-foot sperm whale was about 20 feet offshore and near death already,  the Associated Press reported. The whale, a deep-water species that has no business coming close to shore, was already skin and bones and didn't move significantly in the time it was observed, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman told the AP. In the early afternoon, a strong sedative was administered to the animal and then a six-foot needle was plunged into its chest cavity and a drug was injected to stop its heart, according to WTSP Channel 10 News.
SPORTS
October 26, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
With one week to go before the Breeders' Cup World Championships, tragedy struck Santa Anita race track on Saturday morning. Points Offthebench, a winner of four consecutive races that was being prepared for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Sprint, suffered a fractured leg during a workout and had to be euthanized. The 4-year-old son of Benchmark won the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 5. ALSO: Tough time to be a San Diego Padres fan USC's bowl chances may ride on Utah game UCLA hopes to follow Oregon's road map to top of college football
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Five pit bull mixes that mauled a 2-year-old boy to death in Colton have been euthanized, police said Wednesday. The five dogs were taken by authorities after the mangled body of toddler Samuel Zamudio was discovered in the backyard of a home on Citrus Avenue on Monday afternoon. A friend of the family said that the boy had climbed out of a rear window into the backyard when no one was looking, and by the time he was found 30 minutes later, it was too late. A necropsy on the dogs will be performed Wednesday for evidence, said Colton police Det. Ray Mendez.
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July 15, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A snow leopard at the Sacramento Zoo has been euthanized after suffering from severe traumatic injuries to her back, zoo officials said. Shanti, who at 20 years old was one of the oldest snow leopards in captivity, suffered severe damage to her vertebrae. “It was pretty clear that the prognosis was not good and her quality of life was starting to suffer, infection had kicked in and the neurological issues were getting worse, so we made the difficult decision on Friday afternoon to go ahead and euthanize her,” said Sacramento Zoo Director of Animal Care R. Harrison Edell.
OPINION
December 30, 2012
December may turn out to be the first month that the shelter system run by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services did not euthanize any treatable or healthy animals in its care. That is an extraordinary landmark in the world of animal welfare. Achieving "no-kill" status is the moral ambition of any animal shelter obligated to accept whatever is surrendered at its door or picked up off the streets. Although no-kill almost never means every animal taken in gets out alive - the hopelessly ill and dangerously aggressive are put down - it demonstrates genuine commitment in a nation where 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1998
From reading Mark Yemma's account of trying to adopt a cat as a Christmas gift for his son ("Fur Flies as His Gift Idea Spawns a New Pet Peeve," Jan. 21), it was obvious that Yemma has never devoted any of his free time volunteering in an animal shelter. Yemma has probably not seen cats arrive at a shelter with open, gaping holes in their faces, or cats so malnourished they can hardly stand. Has Yemma ever seen what a cat looks like that has been kicked in the ribs? How about hit by a car, but survives?
SPORTS
February 20, 2003 | Bill Christine
Icecoldbeeratreds, winner of the Del Mar Futurity and last year's champion California-bred 2-year-old male, was euthanized Wednesday after breaking his shoulder during a gallop over the training track at Santa Anita. Icecoldbeeratreds, named after a popular restaurant across the street from the Del Mar track, had just resumed training for trainer Bob Baffert after knee surgery prevented him from running in the California Cup Juvenile in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is poised to become the largest city in the nation to ban pet shops from selling dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from commercial breeders. On a 12-2 vote Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council tentatively adopted an ordinance that officials say will target puppy mills and will prevent tens of thousands of animals from being euthanized in city shelters each year. Individuals still will be allowed to buy directly from breeders, but pet stores will be limited to selling animals obtained from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups.
NATIONAL
October 23, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
A Flagstaff, Ariz. police officer accused of bludgeoning, stomping and strangling an injured dog in an attempt to put the dog down after a traffic mishap has resigned from the force, the department announced Monday. Cpl. John Tewes delivered his letter of resignation on Friday in a letter addressed to Police Chief Kevin Treadway. Prosecutors have said they did not have sufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in the incident, but the department launched an internal affairs investigation into Tewes' actions.
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