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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1985
A multiple poisoning of guard dogs has taken place right here in Northridge. The death suffered by an animal that has been poisoned is a horrible one, especially if the poison happens to be strychnine, a chemical found in rat poison. The guard dogs at Motor Holidays were all one big happy family, with Duke the patriarchal head and Duchess the grandmother of the lot. These were two beautiful and loving shepherds. Little Sasha was only 5 months old and was a gentle spirit who would rather lie in the sun or play with a shop rag than hurt anyone.
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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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NEWS
January 21, 1990 | Associated Press
Out of work, the first batch of East German border guard dogs arrived in West Germany on Saturday in search of new jobs as house pets. Now that the Berlin Wall is open, East Germany doesn't need many of the dogs and cannot afford to feed them. So it is giving about 2,500 of its 6,500 dogs to West Germany.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 | By James Barragan
A judge on Friday sentenced the former owner of a Gardena guard dog company to three years' probation for his conviction of animal cruelty. Charles Ferguson, 52, will also be required to attend counseling for animal neglect and will not be allowed to own any dogs for 10 years under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Allen Webster. Earlier this year, Ferguson was convicted of neglecting four of the dogs he owned by depriving them of drink and shelter and subjecting them to needless suffering.
NEWS
January 28, 1989 | From Reuters
Ireland began electronically tagging guard dogs Friday after a vicious attack on two Dublin schoolboys by a pack of marauding German shepherds. Veterinary surgeons implanted electronic microchips under the skin of guard dogs to keep track of them, and officials set up a national register for an estimated 2,000 of the animals. The 9-year-old schoolboys were attacked outside their school last year by a pack of dogs and severely mauled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1987
Crystal and Moose, the two German shepherd guard dogs who were fired from their jobs at the Cultural Heritage Foundation because they were too nice to chase intruders, found new jobs over the weekend--as pets. Unlike their other line of work, the dogs got the hang of their new job quickly, said new owner Nancy Hansen of Van Nuys, a script supervisor. They frolicked in their new yard, barked at the neighbors' dogs, wolfed down dinner, and spent a night snoozing on the patio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man was attacked by three guard dogs and killed while trespassing at a steel storage yard in Compton early Saturday, sheriff's officials said. Deputies were called to the property in the 1800 block of West Compton Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. to investigate a suspected burglary. When they arrived, deputies found the dogs, which were pit bull mixes, mauling the suspected intruder. The man was taken to Memorial Hospital of Gardena, where he was pronounced dead, said sheriff's Lt. Mike Alerich.
NEWS
February 2, 1990
Your article on guard dogs (Orange County Life, Jan. 11) failed to bring out one point which is very important to the safety of the average reader. In order to protect consumers from unscrupulous business operators, the California Business & Professions Code (Sect. 7520) requires that all persons who sell or train protection dogs, or Schutzhund dogs (German for protection), be licensed as Protection Dog Operators. Licenses must be publicly displayed and listed in printed advertisements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1986 | NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writer
An Inglewood man suspected of stealing and setting fire to a truck full of guard dogs was spotted by authorities Monday, but fled--only to be bitten and dragged by a police dog from his hiding place beneath a building. John Daniels, 30, had been sought since shortly after a truck loaded with 37 attack-trained dogs belonging to C & C Sentry Dogs International of Gardena disappeared from a southside street last Sept. 5. The truck was found ablaze a short time later.
NEWS
April 21, 1988 | JANE BRONSON, Bronson is a free-lance writer living in Van Nuys
For many years, the rental of almost anything with wheels--cars, trailers and motor homes--was common, and it still is. In recent years, though, enterprising merchants have added tools, machinery, garden equipment and sick-room equipment to the rental market, not to mention the items listed below and many more. Why rent at all? Some people find it difficult to make a final decision on purchasing an item, and renting gives them additional time; some want or need to preserve their cash.
OPINION
June 4, 2013
Re "Where fear is unleashed," June 1, and "Dog owner is charged with murder in woman's mauling," May 31 The account of the mauling death last month of a woman in the Antelope Valley town of Littlerock is horrific. Just as sickening are the heartless dog owners who "drop off" their unwanted animals in the deserts outside Los Angeles and abandon them to a gruesome fate. When will people recognize that responsibility for dogs and their behavior is ours? Yes, responsibility for the most recent mauling death may belong to Alex Jackson, whose dogs had reportedly been involved in multiple attacks.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall
It's tragic that a woman was mauled to death by four pit bulls Thursday morning as she went for a walk in the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock. And if the circumstances around her attack prove to be as police suspect, it's a reminder not that pit bulls are necessarily dangerous - they are not - but that irresponsible people train them in ways that make them dangerous. Police found and seized eight dogs - six of them pit bulls - that they suspect may have been among the ones that killed the woman.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Police in Belize searched Monday for the founder of McAfee Inc., who is wanted for questioning in the death of his American neighbor in a Caribbean island town. John McAfee lived next door to 57-year-old Gregory Faull, who was found dead Sunday morning in the hallway of his apartment, Belize Police Department spokesman Raphael Martinez said. Faull's housekeeper discovered him shot in the head, lying face-up in a pool of blood. Investigators believe Faull was killed late Saturday night or early Sunday morning during a rainy evening on the island of Ambergris Caye.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2009 | By Kim Murphy
There have always been good dogs and bad dogs. The good dogs come when you call, romp happily with the children and stay off the sofa. The bad dogs chase after cars, trample the flower beds and pass wind under the coffee table. Then there are the really bad dogs -- the cat-killers, face-biters and snarling, drooling wretches so mean even their owners want them shot. Those are Steve Markwell's kind of dogs. FOR THE RECORD: Dog sanctuary: In Friday's Section A, a photo accompanying an article on a sanctuary for mean dogs in Washington state was credited to Kim Murphy of the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
November 27, 2009 | By Nicholas Riccardi
As soon as Renee Legro saw the sheep, she screamed. The herd, 1,300 strong, has been coming for 30 years to graze in this valley on the backside of the Continental Divide. But as Colorado has become an adventure sports destination, the once-empty valley has filled with hikers, campers and mountain bikers like Legro, and she was about to tragically embody the collision of the old West with the new. Legro, 33, screamed because she knew what came with the herd -- guard dogs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man was attacked by three guard dogs and killed while trespassing at a steel storage yard in Compton early Saturday, sheriff's officials said. Deputies were called to the property in the 1800 block of West Compton Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. to investigate a suspected burglary. When they arrived, deputies found the dogs, which were pit bull mixes, mauling the suspected intruder. The man was taken to Memorial Hospital of Gardena, where he was pronounced dead, said sheriff's Lt. Mike Alerich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
I'm against capital punishment for people, but what about dogs? Seems like I ought to develop a little consistency on the subject, but frankly, I don't want to think about it. Too much stress in my life already. That doesn't mean I wasn't drawn to the story last week about the dog named Slater who was put to death Saturday for its attack on a 10-year-old boy last Christmas. The boy needed more than 50 stitches on his face.
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.
WORLD
October 17, 2004 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
It is tough being an alpha wolf -- the pack leader -- as Michael McDonald knows too well. It means deciding when they eat, where they live and, sometimes, which ones have to die. When he is near, the packs at Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary, near the southern coast, jump up and start circling. They know he's the top wolf, but, he says, "I irritate them. I have to take all the harsh decisions. I am always the enemy."
SCIENCE
May 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
That wiggly puppy pestering its owner for a chew toy may not look much like its wolf ancestors, but genetic research on our canine companions shows many have more in common with White Fang than some people might think. Like humans, dogs have about 99% of their genes in common with one another. But a few very distinct genetic differences separate them into some 400 breeds known worldwide. Researchers who compared dog genes to wolves found that a group of ancient dog types split off first.
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