In 2006, according to court documents, animal rights activists harassed UCLA professor Dario Ringach and other scientists who conduct research with laboratory animals.
Documents stated that they hurled firecrackers at his house and planted Molotov-cocktail-like explosives at the homes of other faculty members and threatened to burn down their houses.
Ringach was afraid for his family and their safety and wrote an email to the animal activists begging to be left alone: “Effectively immediately, I am no longer doing animal research. Please don’t bother my family anymore.”
In response to the threats by the activists, the University of California regents are suing UCLA Primate Freedom, the Animal Liberation Brigade, the Animal Liberation Front and five people allegedly affiliated with this group.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday signed into law an ordinance that requires most dogs and cats in the city to be spayed or neutered by the time they are four months old.
The ordinance intends to reduce the number of animals in shelters and eventually eliminate the thousands of euthanizations conducted in Los Angeles’ animal shelters every year, which costs the city about $2 million a year.
Villaraigosa said, “Animal experts agree spay and neutering is the best long-term solution for the problem of pet overpopulation. This is not only the best thing to do, it is the right thing to do.”
Councilman Tony Cardenas added, “We will, sooner rather than later, become a no-kill city and this is the greatest step in that direction.”
Some animals are exempt from the ordinance including animals that have competed in shows or competitions, guide dogs, animals used by police agencies and those belonging to professional breeders.
The Humane Society of the United States has been investigating Pets of Bel Air, an upscale pet boutique that boasts celebrity clientele like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, and alleges that the store buys their puppies from puppy mills around the nation.
Due to HSUS’ investigation, the Los Angeles Animal Services inspected Pets of Bel Air and discovered the store had been operating without a permit for three years. Los Angeles Animal Services closed the store down, and Pets of Bel Air has 48 hours to renew their permit and pay their fine.
“Even the trendiest, most upscale pet stores may sell puppies from puppy mills,” said HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle. “No consumer is immune to the lies and deceit. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you shop. This investigation shows that a high- price and prestigious address are no assurance of a dog from a reputable breeder.”
As of today, firefighters are working to contain the California wildfires, and evacuees are slowly being permitted to return to their homes. Statewide, there are still about 19,000 evacuees in shelters. And along with these evacuees are their pets.
Many pet owners said they would not have evacuated if they didn’t have places for their pets. Many shelters, hotels, and other evacuation facilities allowed owners to bring their pets. Pet crates, food, leashes and blankets were donated by many pet retailers and veterinarian’s offices.
One pet owner who was evacuated with his two Golden retrievers said, “Of course, I needed to find somewhere to go that allowed the dogs â€“ theyâ€™re a part of our family. Iâ€™m glad theyâ€™re allowed to stay with us and they donâ€™t have to stay outside in the smoke. I donâ€™t know how well theyâ€™d do without us. And I know we wouldnâ€™t do as well without them.â€
With hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents fleeing the wildfires, authorities and volunteers are also saving the pets and livestock left behind.
The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, Los Angeles Animal Services, and the Humane Society of the United States are all working together to rescue the pets and livestock in evacuated areas.
Pet owners have been stationed at emergency campgrounds where pets, including dogs, cats, horses and even goats, and their pet owners are taking refuge. Horses are even being housed in mall parking lots.
This German shepherd mix has been able to avoid animal control officers in cars, evade traps, chew his way out of an animal shelter, and was able to even get away when he was surrounded by six officers and got shot twice by a tranquilizer.
Orange County Animal Control officers first met Cooper on February 21. They got a call that a dog and a puppy had been dumped near a hotel by John Wayne Airport and left to fend for themselves.
Animal Control Officer Valerie Schomburg took the call and she was determined to find the two dogs and bring them to safety. She also knew that she had to find the dogs before they got hit by cars.
Cooper soon became Schomburg’s mission.
She tried using beef jerky treats and put food in traps to lure them, but once the dogs saw any animal control officer, they ran away. Animal control officers could never get within 300 yards of the dogs.
Cooper even escaped getting captured when two other animal control officers and three police officers surrounded Cooper. An animal control officer was able to hit Cooper twice with a tranquilizer gun.
Reports are beginning to surface that the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written an open letter to Kevin Federline encouraging him to pursue custody of Britney Spears’ animals.
“PETA fears that the dogs may be in danger,” Michael McGraw said, a spokesman for the group.
Apparently, PETA is particularly concerned about the welfare of London, her Yorkshire terrier puppy, that she takes to nightclubs and shopping malls. McGraw also said that Spears’ dogs should be with her sons as they adjust to life with Federline.
A Van Nuys man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he attempted to drown the family dog for soiling the carpet.
On Monday, October 1, 2007, around 2:00 p.m., Casey Purser, 19, returned to his house in the 15300 block of Weddington Street. In the home were two dogs, a Shih Tzu named “Toby” and a Pitbull puppy named “Evesue”. The suspect became irate with the Shih Tzu when it defecated in the house. Purser threw the dog in the bathtub and tried to drown it.
A neighbor witnessed the crime and was able to rescue Toby from the bathtub. The dog was unconscious and had stopped breathing when pulled from the water. The neighbor performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, saving the dog’s life, and rushed him to a local veterinary hospital. The veterinary hospital resuscitated Toby with oxygen and was able to stabilize his condition.
“I grabbed the dog, and I started rubbing him and breathing into his mouth,” said a teary-eyed Ashley Chase at a Thursday news conference. “There was too much traffic. At one point I jumped out of the car and ran the rest of the way.”
A Trans Am car crashed into a Fontana, California cat kennel building Tuesday after a box apparently fell on the vehicle’s gas pedal. The crash, which happened around noon, resulted in an ambulance trip for a passenger, a large gaping hole in the kennel, and three frightened felines let loose from their pens, said Sgt. John Lessentine of the California Highway Patrol.
Witnesses reported the car was traveling erratically south on Redwood Avenue, turning east on Arrow Route. Without braking, the green, mid-’90s model Trans Am crashed into the small brick-and-wood kennel, which was housing eight cats in wooden pens. Bricks were strewn around the 8-foot-by-7-foot hole. Two cat pens had been placed just where the kennel wall had been before the crash.
Cats room at the kennel while their owners are on vacation, said Red Arrow Kennels owner Lille Hoye. Hoye has managed the kennels, at 14715 Arrow Route, for the past 30 years.
Kitten Rescue of Los Angeles is holding a special adoption event featuring more than 25 pairs of cat buddies looking to melt hearts and find their forever homes.
The “Me and My Shadow” Cat Adoption Event will be held at the Encino Petco (17919 Ventura Blvd.) on Saturday, October 6 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This first of its kind event is sponsored by Kitten Rescue, Los Angeles’ largest no-kill cat rescue organization. Kitten Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to finding loving new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens.
The kitties attending “Me and My Shadow” are some of the 1000+ cats currently living in Kitten Rescue foster homes. Only bonded pairs have been invited to attend the event — kitties that are “Best Friends Forever” and often caught cuddling, grooming and playing together.