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

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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?

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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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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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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Rose Tingle, OC Animal Activist, Urges Board of Supervisors to Put Fewer Critters to Sleep

Rose Tingle considers herself a voice for animals.

Orange County animal activist Rose Tingle urged the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to add at least $50,000 to the animal care budget for the coming year to reduce the number of euthanizations at the county facility.

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Pink the Pelican Freed with Fixed Pouch: VIDEO

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Pink the Pelican gives his new pouch a spin Tuesday in San Pedro.

Pink the Pelican, who was found in April along the coast in Long Beach with its throat slashed, showed off its surgically reconstructed pouch after being freed Tuesday.

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David Delgado of Filthy Facility with 18,000 Dead or Dying Snakes and Rodents is Sentenced

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One of the thousands of dead snakes discovered in the Global Captive Breeders investigation.
The manager of a Lake Elsinore breeding facility for Rancho Santa Margarita-based Global Captive Breeders was sentenced Thursday to a jail work-release program, community service and probation, the fallout from an investigation that uncovered tens of thousands of dead or dying snakes and rodents. David Delgado, 30, of Rialto, and Global Captive Breeders' owner Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges last month.

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Animal Welfare Groups Pony Up $15.75 Million to Settle Suit Alleging Circus Elephant Abuse

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
A July 2010 protest of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returning to Anaheim drew activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which was not a player in the litigation.

Southern California animal activists have repeatedly clashed over the years with producers of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which returns to Anaheim's Honda Center July 25-Aug. 3. But now, nearly 14 years of litigation have come to an end with a federal court settlement that has circus overlord Feld Entertainment receiving $15.75 million from multiple animal welfare groups.

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OC Animal Care Spared Euthanasia For Now After Board Move to Stave Off Deep Cuts

Bunny the dog and OC Animal Care still have legs to stand on. For now.

Heading into Tuesday's Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting, OC Animal Care needed a financial lifeline to stay open, but it appears the county's pet education, temporary shelter and medical program may have got one.

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LA's Bullhook Ban Creates One Less SoCal Stop for Annual Honda Center Visitor Ringling Bros.

Photo by Keith May/OC Weekly
"Bullhooks get me verklempt!"
And then there were two? When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus makes its annual Southern California swing, the venues are in Anaheim, Ontario and Los Angeles. But LA has effectively dropped out effective 2017 with the City Council's ban on bullhooks, goads and prods used to wrangle elephants.

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