Sebastian Alexander Swisher Busted for Allegedly Keeping 16 Ferrets in Santa Ana Pad

All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Don't taze me, bro!
Working off a tip, Santa Ana Police Animal Control officers were arrested a 23-year-old resident for allegedly importing and transporting live restricted animals and took custody of 16 ferrets that were turned over to OC Animal Care.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Problems at the Orange County Animal Shelter!

Photo by Fabian Ortiez
Ready to save their pals at the nasty shelter

Oy vey, the Orange County Animal Shelter. I remember one of the big cover stories for the Weekly before my time at this infernal rag involved the decrepit conditions at it. I remember writing stories about how the county had placed an admitted boy lover at the Shelter in the idea that he wouldn't be around children there, and how workers washed dog shit directly into the Santa Ana River (that story, according to my sources at the time, hit so close to home that they never talked to me again). And now, 11 years later, the problems continue, as the OC Grand Jury issued two scathing reports against OC Animal Care (the county agency in charge of the shelter) in the past two months.

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Santa Ana Police Horses Keep Pooping in Downtown--And Police Don't Clean Up

Photo by The Mexican

Ever since the tragic death of Kim Pham last year, police on horseback have been a common site nearly every weekend in downtown SanTana. And ever since SanTana PD have mounted horses to patrol all the drunk hipsters stumbling around, another police presence has left its mark on the ever-gentrifying downtown: horse shit. Pies of it. Plops. Streaks. Watery.

And most of it, more often than not, left on the ground, to be cleaned up by anyone other than SanTana police.

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19 Dogs with Mange, Scabies, Eye Infections and Other Maladies Rescued in Santa Ana

Photo by flickr user Shelly
Sad, thinking about her homies in Santa Ana.
A complaint about ailing dogs led Santa Ana code enforcement officers to home where they rescued 19 malnourished and neglected canines of various breeds Tuesday morning, according to police.

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Former Employees Reportedly Allege Unethical Practices at Orange County Animal Care Shelter

Photo by Vickie Chang/OC Weekly
Don't taze me, bro!
A television news investigation has reportedly turned up "a number of former employees" alleging unethical practices at the Orange County Animal Care shelter in Orange.

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Chlorine Attack on Sea Lions at Marine Mammal Center Spurs $2,500 Reward from PETA, Too

Photo by flickr user jjjj56cp
Sleeping ... and no, not sleeping off the chlorine fumes.
UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 11, 12:59 P.M.: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has matched the Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center chlorine attack.

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Alexander Bic Allegedly Tried to Smuggle More Than 150 Endangered Butterflies into U.S.

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Christ, now I've got to walk to Irvine ...
An Irvine native is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Friday for allegedly violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act by having more than 150 endangered butterflies among 1,000 dried insects in luggage he was bringing into the country.

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Shark Video Leads to Seal Beach Warning Signs. Does Shark Beach Have Seal Warning Signs?

Seal Beach Marine Safety Department
Cue the Jaws theme ...
Shark Week returns to the Discovery Channel on July 5, but it is has come early in Surfside based on this sign that just went up and the video after the jump (both of which were posted by the Seal Beach Marine Safety Department).

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Skull of Newborn Fin Whale That Beached in Sunset Beach Aids in Research of Sonar Effects

Categories: Grrranimals

A computed tomography scan of the skull recovered at Sunset Beach is being used it to construct a model for the study of how fin whales hear sounds.
A whale skull obtained from a beached newborn that could not be saved at Sunset Beach is now helping researchers figure out how fin whales hear sounds, which is a hot topic given the controversy surrounding the U.S. Navy's use of sonar.

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Goose Dies After Removal of Arrow in Its Neck

Orange County Animal Care
Veterinarians examine the goose before surgery.
UPDATE NO. 2, APRIL 16, 5 A.M.: The Egyptian goose with an arrow in its neck underwent surgery to remove the stick but later died Wednesday, Orange County Animal Care announced.

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