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February 14, 1990
Now it's rock music as a weapon against Washington state sea lions (Part A, Jan. 29)! Where's the SPCA? AL HIX Hollywood
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August 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A golden baboon tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued in Smithtown and taken to a sanctuary after its owner said he could no longer care for it. "This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the African spider can jump 3 feet and its bites are dangerous to humans.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1991
A dozen mutilated cats have been left on the front lawns of West Los Angeles homes since July 8, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday. "The mutilated cats are just left on the lawns," Cori Whetstone of SPCA said. "In one case, the paws and ears were arranged in a pattern and evenly spaced apart."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The family of a late San Francisco socialite gave $13 million to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The gift will be used to help build a state-of-the-art animal hospital. The gift from the estate of Leanne B. Roberts is the largest in the San Francisco SPCA's history. The 60,000-square-foot center will be named after Roberts, who died two years ago. The $32-million hospital will have a spay and neuter clinic, diagnostic imaging and an ambulance service.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1989
As the 28-year-old father of twin boys, I am outraged at the promotion trailer for Chevy Chase's "Christmas Vacation." What is wrong with critics who by praising the film seem to be condoning a family pet being electrocuted? Where was the SPCA when such a disgusting scene was even being considered for filming? Probably taking another coffee break. GRANT McCULLOGH, Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1985
I read Elsa McColly's letter (July 19) about the two women shopping in a market while leaving their little dog in a car with the windows almost closed in the boiling heat. I understand her helplessness, as I have seen several heart-rending scenes like this. The dog is barking frantically trying to ask for help and relief. It is particularly frustrating when one realizes that these are pets loved by their owners and these same owners would be horrified if they knew the possibly fatal consequences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1987 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
He growls at his vet, he once bit the tail off the family rabbit and he "wasn't No. 1 in (obedience) class or anything," his owner said. But Butch the Terrier is No. 1 with Nellie Johnston, and on Wednesday, that was the number that counted. The 4-year-old dog, which weighs less than a family-sized sack of kibble, saved the 93-year-old widow from bleeding to death last February after she suffered a heart "episode" and struck her head as she fell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1992
In the article on the Orange County Animal Shelter ("Doggedly Defending Their Duty," May 4), mention is made of cities in South County in the process of, or looking at the possibility of, establishing their own animal shelters "where no animal is euthanized." Local shelters claiming to be "no-kill" or "pro-life" and comparing themselves favorably with county animal control seldom mention the one major service that the county provides they do not: namely, the acceptance of owner-released animals.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A golden baboon tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued in Smithtown and taken to a sanctuary after its owner said he could no longer care for it. "This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the African spider can jump 3 feet and its bites are dangerous to humans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1990
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced a $1,500 reward Friday for information about the death of a dog that ate poisoned meat placed in a Sylmar field. The dog, a 4-year-old Hungarian Vizsla pointer named Thyme, died about midnight Thursday at a Sylmar veterinarian's office, authorities said. Owner Paul Anthony, 35, of Sylmar was walking home with the dog after dropping off his car for repairs about 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Animal care workers who raided a motel Monday found 39 cats, many underweight and sick, in a room. The case will be turned over to the city attorney's office for possible prosecution of their owner, Phillip Appleman, said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bernstein said the SPCA received a tip on its animal cruelty hotline. They raided the Tangiers Motel on Sepulveda Boulevard about 6 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2002 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to recover nearly $1 million that officials say was embezzled by its chief financial officer, according to a suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit alleges that Kenneth Brookwell, who served as the nonprofit agency's vice president from August 1999 until he went on a disability leave in July 2001, took $928,352 from a retirement fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2001 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing financial ripple effects of the Sept. 11 East Coast attacks, the Los Angeles chapter of the SPCA is closing two pet adoption centers and firing eight workers. Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, said the nonprofit organization has been hit hard by a sudden decline in contributions as many donors gave instead to relief efforts in New York City. Other Southland groups that depend on charitable giving expressed similar worries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Need a guinea pig? The Monterey County SPCA has a few you can have. In fact, it has 350 of the little furry creatures, rescued on Thursday. A company breeding them for research decided to close and asked the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to take them in. When SPCA staffers arrived at the barn that had housed the breeding operation for three decades, they found healthy animals.
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February 4, 2001 | GARRY MITCHELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Elizabeth Quinlan Buzzi had a reputation for being stern and strong-willed, except when it came to Peaches, her cat. When Buzzi died last June at age 89, Peaches went to live with a good friend, and Buzzi tried to make sure that other animals throughout Mobile get proper care too. She bequeathed almost all of her estate--possibly well in excess of $500,000, which is the value of her home and furnishings alone--to a trust fund designed to protect the city's animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999 | MARTHA WAGGONER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For the love of a dog, one man helped a city transform the way it treats abandoned pets. For the love of a dog, another man is providing $200 million to try to transform a nation. Sido, an 11-year-old Sheltie mix, proved to Richard Avanzino that the city of San Francisco loved companion animals enough to save them from euthanasia. Maddie, a miniature schnauzer, loved Dave Duffield so much that he vowed to aim his philanthropy toward helping animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The family of a late San Francisco socialite gave $13 million to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The gift will be used to help build a state-of-the-art animal hospital. The gift from the estate of Leanne B. Roberts is the largest in the San Francisco SPCA's history. The 60,000-square-foot center will be named after Roberts, who died two years ago. The $32-million hospital will have a spay and neuter clinic, diagnostic imaging and an ambulance service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Animal care workers who raided a motel Monday found 39 cats, many underweight and sick, in a room. The case will be turned over to the city attorney's office for possible prosecution of their owner, Phillip Appleman, said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bernstein said the SPCA received a tip on its animal cruelty hotline. They raided the Tangiers Motel on Sepulveda Boulevard about 6 a.m.
NEWS
February 26, 1998 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hugo, a 13-year-old terrier mix, is 15 pounds of nervousness with a hoarse, desperate bark and a ratty coat that most fleas would probably pass up. He has two teeth in his mouth, a heart murmur, shakes constantly and was recently hit by a car. "He would be considered old and ugly any place else," said Richard Avanzino, president of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The grand opening of a pet adoption center at a downtown shopping mall Tuesday drew an odd crowd. Women in overcoats and stockings sat on the carpet talking baby-talk and tickling wet dog noses. Men in suits spun their umbrellas as they peered through the front window, waving and smiling. Everyone's voice rose an octave: "Oh, oh, oh," one woman accompanied a whimpering dog. "He's so sweet," cooed another. In other words, it all went as planned.
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