OC Animal Care Sued for Allegedly Putting Down Too Many Healthy Pets

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Facebook/OCAnimalCare
Just to be clear, Bunny is not seeking a fourth leg in the lawsuit.

The county is mum over a Seal Beach animal rescue nonprofit's $2.5 million lawsuit that alleges OC Animal Care euthanizes healthy cats and dogs too quickly.

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Irvine Ranked 4th Best Pet Lovers City in U.S.; Anaheim Scores Well in Some Key Categories

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Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly
Stop this thing when it reaches Irvine ...

A site that ranks Irvine the No. 4 best place in the United States for pet lovers has Anaheim way down at No. 30, but the municipal box that holds Disneyland does finish tops in the country in specific pet-related categories.

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Director Todd Douglas Miller Talks About His Passion Project Dinosaur 13 Screening Tonight

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(From left:) Neel Larson, Peter Larson, Sue Hendrickson, Terry Wentz and, under the dirt, Sue.

Speaking from a cab taking him to a hotel before tonight's screening of his film Dinosaur 13 at Lido Live Theater in Newport Beach, the documentary's director/producer/editor Todd Douglas Miller mentioned that he hopes audiences understand the importance of science education and natural history because, "We need more people out there digging."

But if that leaves you expecting a dry cinematic tutorial on the largest, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, are you in for a wild ride. The little indie hit of Sundance packs elements of a legal thriller, David vs. Goliath (in the form of a rag-tag band of paleontologists vs. the U.S. government, Native American tribes, powerful museums and academic paleontologists) and a love story (between man and woman and, especially, man and a T.rex named Sue).

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Great White Shark Cruises Off Newport: Video

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
Come on in, the water's fine.

Right on cue for Shark Week, a recent Newport Beach whale watching excursion hosted an unexpected special guest: a great white shark.

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What Do You Get When You Cross a Baboon, Lynx, Zebra, Gazelle and Bear Skull at the Port?

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Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
You can look but don't touch (nor try to export).

The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted versions of all these animals and more wildlife items bound for export were recently seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, U.S. Customs and Border officials announced Wednesday.

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Veterinarians Found Ringling Bros. Elephant Wounds "Insignificant," Animals Well Cared For

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See the update at the end of this post on the conclusions of veterinarians who inspected Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants when they were bound for Anaheim.

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Courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
A Ringling Bros. elephant with wounds on her side has sparked another PETA complaint.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 4, 10:25 A.M.: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus left Anaheim Sunday but not without a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about a second performing elephant with wounds. But the producer of "The Greatest Show on Earth" says the wounds were inflicted by the animal, not her trainers as PETA surmises.

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PETA Calls for USDA Inspection of Ringling Bros. Elephants in Anaheim Due to "Wound"

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Courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The area above the eye of the elephant at left prompted PETA's call for an inspection in Anaheim.

Unlike past years, I had not heard from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in the days the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was setting up for a 10-day engagement in Anaheim, where PETA has staged eye-opening demonstrations in the past. But then, hours before opening night at the Honda Center Friday, PETA emailed over the photograph above, which is said to show an elephant with a pressure sore on the side of its face in Ontario, the previous stop for "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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Dr. Edward J. Putnam, Maxine J. Putnam: Veterinarian-Realtor Couple Fraudsters?

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Foothill Animal Hospital (left); Coldwell Bankers
Dr. Edward J. Putnam and his wife Maxine J. Putnam pleaded not guilty to grand theft charges at their July 3 arraignment.
A longtime South County veterinarian and his real estate professional wife spent a night in jail recently as part of a $600,000 insurance fraud case by the state. Dr. Edward Julian Putnam, the 71-year-old owner of Foothill Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, and his 68-year-old wife Maxine Johanna Putnam, a licensed Realtor, have pleaded not guilty to charges that could change their home address from San Juan Capistrano to state prison cells for up to five years.

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William Frederick Buchman, Teacher Who Hoarded 400 Snakes, Guilty of Animal Abuse

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Courtesy of SAPD
William Frederick Buchman taught at a Newport Beach school.
An elementary school teacher pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse today for the hoarding and improper housing of more than 400 snakes at his Santa Ana home.

William Frederick Buchman, 53, Santa Ana, was then sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

That's not all: Buchman is required to undergo a 16-week animal neglect prevention program; cannot own, possess, care for or live with any animal for five years; must pay $17,000 in restitution for veterinary treatment and animal care; and must donate $25,000 worth of reptile cages from his collection to a snake rescue organization.

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Bald Eagles at Irvine Lake Mark Raptors' Return to Orange County Since the 1920s

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Wonderful Pistachios
The bald eagles that have returned to Orange County aren't even on leashes.

Bald eagles, once threatened with extinction, are reportedly nesting near Irvine Lake in Silverado.

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