CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This is, after all, the City of St. Francis. So when a shrine named in his honor announced plans to build a repository for pet ashes in a catacomb-like hollow under the stairs of its 19th-century church, many animal lovers were elated. Little did they know the plan would stir old-fashioned church politics and deep theological questions. (Is the stair nook a sacred space? Does placement of cinerary urns equate to pet burial? Did St. Francis only care about living creatures?
April 19, 2013 |
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 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.