March 27, 2013 |
The American Humane Assn., the group charged with overseeing the welfare of animals on television and film sets, has tapped a new board chairman. The charity said John Payne, who has served in top positions at Bayer Healthcare, Mars Global PetCare and Banfield Pet Hospitals, has been named chairman of the board of 136-year-old organization. A well-known figure in the animal wellness and welfare sphere, Payne has more than 30 years experience in the industry. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments “It is an honor to be elected to the board of an organization with such a rich history of protecting society's most vulnerable,” Payne said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 |
Goofy looks fearsome at first glance. He's a strapping Staffordshire bull terrier, with big teeth, a barrel chest and a baleful stare. But he waddles more than he swaggers. And when this pit bull jumps on a stranger, it's to deliver a slobbery kiss, not to rip an ear off. Juan Arevalo bought the dog as a puppy for his teenage son, who promptly lost interest in him. So, Goofy has been Arevalo's canine partner for the past four years. They walk or run together every day. "And I watch 'The Dog Whisperer' a lot," Arevalo said.
July 18, 2011
The landmark Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 stated very clearly that people with disabilities had a right to take their service animals along with them wherever they went. But in retrospect, the law wasn't as clear as it might have been on one little point: What exactly is a service animal? The law termed it "any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability" — but here was the rub: That seemed to imply that an elephant, just for instance, could make an excellent service animal.
August 22, 2010 |
Question: I live in the apartment next to a woman who is blind and has a seeing-eye guide dog. It barks for what seems to be hours at a time, especially late at night. I am losing sleep. Our manager says the woman is entitled to have a guide dog. He says he can't do anything about the dog's behavior because he would be sued for discrimination. Don't I have any rights in this situation? Answer: Your manager correctly understands that the fair housing laws protect tenants who have disabilities and who need service animals such as guide dogs to reasonably accommodate their disabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 |
Shawnine Mackay, who often sleeps on the street near Hollywood Boulevard by lowering herself out of her wheelchair onto the ground, said she would love to be able bed down in one of Los Angeles County's dozens of homeless shelters. But shelter workers have repeatedly turned her away because of her dog, Molly, who is trained to help her detect and cope with seizures.
May 5, 2008 |
That monkey on the subway? Illegal in the city, but not if the owner has a disability. The guy with the snake on the bus? Leave him alone. He needs it for emotional support. The Police Department Patrol Guide, a thick-and-getting-thicker collection of rules and regulations, has been amended to let officers know that seeing-eye dogs are not the only service animals. It is not just the blind who can have service animals, the Patrol Guide now says, but also those with epilepsy, heart disease, lung disease and other conditions, including mental disorders.