Friday May Begin OC's Final Run for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Elephants

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Feld Entertainment
They're back!
When Feld Entertainment announced in March that it was phasing performing elephants out of its Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 2018 was given as the year by which all 13 Asian elephants traveling with three productions would be relocated to the company's Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. But as the newest tour, Circus EXTREME, rolls into Anaheim Friday for a two-week run, Feld officials are saying these may be the last shows when the elephants will be seen in the Honda Center.

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Waters Off Huntington Beach Closed to People After Shark Bumps Surfer

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Uh-oh ...
I am still not convinced this is not sly promotion of "Shark Week" programming, but a shark bumping a surfer this morning has prompted lifeguards to prohibit anyone from going into the waters off Huntington Beach for the rest of the day.

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Chlorine "Attack" on 17 Rescused Sea Lions was Not an Attack But an Employee Mistake: Police

Categories: Grrranimals

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Photo by flickr user jjjj56cp
Nothing to see here, folks.
Remember that April chlorine "attack" on 17 sea lions who were being nursed back to health at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach? Turns out it was not an attack at all but the result of a mistake by an employee, according to police.

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

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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!

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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

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Photo by The Mexican
#DTSA

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

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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

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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

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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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Photo by flickr user dicau58
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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