CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1995 |
The sleek, slithering animals came from miles around Saturday. There were tangerine Honduran milk snakes from south of the border. A bearded dragon lizard came from Australia. And Mexican red-eared sliders swam about in aquariums brought by their owner from Cerritos. The scaly critters--an estimated 5,000 of them--converged at the Sequoia Conference Center for Orange County's first All-California Reptile Swap Meet.
April 9, 1989 |
Walking catfish, poisonous toads and armadillos are a few of the foreign creatures that have invaded Florida and created headaches for naturalists and residents, a wildlife expert says. Fire ants from Argentina, flesh-eating piranhas and monkeys are other examples of the state's many exotic species, said Wayne King, a curator of reptiles at the Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus. "An introduced species may literally outfeed our native species and spread to become real pests, and then we end up spending millions, if not billions, of dollars trying to control it," he said.
August 13, 1995 |
Dr. Joni Edwards knows that a balding tarantula is not sick--just in the mood for love. Her veterinary office treats the hairy arachnids and other "exotics" like iguanas, cockatoos and ferrets, along with cats and dogs. As pet owners seek low-maintenance companions, veterinarians with small practices are challenged to keep pace. "The fastest-growing is reptiles, including snakes, iguanas, turtles and lizards," said Marshall Meyers of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.
December 24, 1995 |
The chic pet of Christmas '95 won't fetch slippers or play catch. But it doesn't shed or bark either, and it won't clamor for a walk in the middle of a snowstorm. Meet the lizard with the punk haircut--the iguana. Their fans say iguanas are intelligent, trainable creatures with an independent, easygoing nature. "They are the neatest things I've ever seen," said Sebastienne Mitrisin of Aurora, Colo., who has a 4-year-old green iguana named Marius.
July 30, 1989 |
In booths that held dazzling displays of high-powered hair dryers, stew-flavored bones and other pet products, manufacturers welcomed retailers who carried shopping bags. The only animal in sight, except for fish in aquariums, was a poodle in a polka-dot dress.
August 12, 1999 |
Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co. on Wednesday announced it would buy specialty pet food maker Iams Co. for $2.3 billion, marking P&G's largest purchase and its first foray into pet products. The move raises the stakes in the fast-growing premium pet food business and would pit P&G on another front against one of its chief rivals, Colgate-Palmolive Co., whose Hill's Pet Nutrition is the market leader.
November 12, 1998 |
It's come to this: Dogs can now have birthday cakes and biscotti concocted just for them at a specialty bakery. But it doesn't end there. The delicacies also meet specifications that would delight a dietitian: no sugar, no salt and, please, carob instead of chocolate. Three Dog Bakery, a canine-centered patisserie set to open this month in Corona del Mar, and later in Pasadena, West Hollywood and Santa Barbara, is just the latest purveyor in an expanding luxury pet-care market.
October 19, 2008 |
The puggles, maltepoos and labradoodles scampering along city streets are bred to be cute and customizable, pet industry experts say. But these pricey "designer dogs" are also exploited by abusive breeders and unscrupulous sellers, leading to more sick puppies and unhappy owners, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Like puppy mills that produce non-hybrids, these operations are hurting the animals through neglect and poor care, the society says. Made fashionable by celebrities like Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Simpson, hybrid puppies -- the offspring of two purebred dogs -- often go for more money than purebreds, which can range from $200 to $2,000 per dog. Hybrid puppy breeding operations are cropping up in rural areas from Pennsylvania to Kansas, animal advocates say. But a big hot spot for hybrid owners, said pet industry insider Laura Bennett, is much closer to home.
August 18, 1988 |
As Americans become ever more conscious of their own diet, the nation's pet food companies have geared up to offer them a host of new products for their animals--"lite" foods for the overweight, "gourmet" pet foods for the finicky, and even "Yuppie style" treats featuring "natural" ingredients and no preservatives. Pet shops and feed supply stores have long offered specialty feline and canine food--among the latest are frozen dinners that can be microwaved.
August 5, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within a month on an ordinance to ban pet stores from selling dogs (as well as cats and rabbits) obtained from any supplier other than a shelter or rescue group. Though we are usually reluctant to support government-imposed constraints on what businesses can buy or sell - and we would ordinarily prefer to see the issue dealt with by tougher regulation - in this case we think the ordinance is justified. Most dogs sold at commercial pet stores across the country come from large-scale commercial breeders, many or most of which are so-called puppy mills that put profit over the well-being of their dogs, according to animal welfare advocates.