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June 10, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from an early morning pet store fire in East Hollywood on Monday but numerous others died. Among those saved were 25 puppies, some rabbits, mice, frogs and fish, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.  Others, including birds, mice, guinea pigs and fish, died and were discovered later in the heavily damaged store. The pet shop was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. in an attic of a strip mall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue.
May 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Most of us will put up with a cramped middle seat on a short flight. But on trips more than three hours long, we are ready to crack open our wallets and pay for a window or aisle seat. That is one of the findings of a recent Harris Interactive poll of 2,276 adults on the subject of airline pet peeves and passenger fees. On flights shorter than two hours, 33% of those surveyed said they would pay for extra legroom. If the flight lasts more than three hours, 58% said they would be willing to pay. Thirteen percent said they'd pay more than $25. But even if fliers are willing to pay the fees, they won't necessarily be happy about it. Creed Mamikunian, a doctor from Anchorage, describes all airline fees as ridiculous and offensive.
May 16, 2013 | Meghan Daum
We got another dog right away. That wasn't the plan. But back in March, less than two weeks after Rex died and when I still had faint bruises from digging my fingers into my forehead amid uncontrollable sobs, I signed us up to "foster" a Saint Bernard mix that had been rescued from a crack den. It was a classic rebound move, but the unbearable silence of the dogless house was too much to take. You don't realize how much a dog's presence defines the contours of your home until, in its absence, the walls seem to relocate themselves.
May 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spa Nautica at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey hosts a dog day this month with massages, acupressure, Reiki, stretching and strengthening for your hound -- for free. While pets receive their moments of spa bliss, owners can feel good by having a $99 massage that also helps fund an animal rescue organization. The deal: The free massage for dogs of all sizes will be performed by certified animal technicians, according to the hotel. For owners who indulge in their own Spa Nautica Massage at the hotel, it costs $99 for a 60-minute session, and 10% of the proceeds go to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.
May 11, 2013 | Sandy Banks
The teenager showed up in a panic on Thursday, cradling a wounded puppy in arms spattered with blood. A stray dog had attacked his 2-month-old pit bull on a walk near their South Los Angeles home. The city animal shelter nearby was the only place he knew to go. He ran over to Amanda Casarez, pleading for help. She took one look at the puppy's bloody gash and pulled out her cellphone. Within hours the pup was in surgery, the vet bill guaranteed by strangers from a pool of volunteers working with Downtown Dog Rescue, which sponsors an intervention program at the shelter.
April 19, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I manage a 12-unit apartment complex with a strict no-pets policy. We understand that under federal and state fair housing law, we may need to make an exception to our no-pet policy for a disabled resident who requires a service animal as a reasonable accommodation. However, there is a resident at my apartment complex who has a visitor staying with her for a few weeks. The visitor has a dog that accompanies her everywhere and appears to be staying in the resident's apartment with her. When I asked the resident about the dog, she told me that her guest is disabled and that the dog is a service animal.
March 31, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
When the emergency call came in, all the dispatcher heard was a woman screaming, "I need help!" But the caller hung up without answering any questions. Typically, dispatchers send police to check a call like that, officials said. But in that instance, a pop-up window on the dispatcher's computer screen said a child with a rare breathing disorder lived at the caller's address. So the dispatcher sent an ambulance along with police - a good thing, because the child was having seizures.
March 29, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Maui now have a way to stay connected to four-legged friends, even if the family pets are back home, thousands of miles away. The Maui Humane Society is giving pet lovers a chance  to interact with homeless dogs and cats in need of some human kindness. Starting Wednesday, the “Helping Paws Visitor Program” will let tourists lend a “helping paw” at the society's animal shelter 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. After a brief orientation, vacationers-turned-volunteers will participate in activities such as bathing puppies, brushing cats and walking dogs.
March 28, 2013 | By KTLA News
One man in Monrovia came face to face with a couple of unwanted guests this week when two hungry bears broke into his home, ransacked the kitchen and ate everything in sight. Justin Lee said the bears apparently broke through a pet door. “I was just like hanging out inside with my dog. I look over and me and the bear just like lock eyes,” Lee recounted. “Just the whole kitchen was a mess. The garbage was on the floor, our food was eaten.” Lee ran upstairs and called 911. The bears headed to his backyard.
March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Bandai's popular Tamagotchi pets are now available for Apple users. IPhone and iPad users can now take care of the popular digital pets just like they did on the small, egg-shaped devices sold by Bandai back in the 1990s. The app, formally called "Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.," can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Bandai resurrected its Tamagotchi pets earlier this year when it launched the app for Android devices just before Valentine's Day. The Japanese company said that the Android version of the app has been downloaded more than 600,000 times.
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