Serial Cat Killer Steven Ullery Gets Two Years for the Death of One of His Five Dead Pussies

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How could you?
A Long Beach man was recently sentenced to two years behind bars after an investigation revealed that before he and his wife took the bodies of two cats he'd adopted back to a shelter for a refund, they had taken three other dead cats to an animal hospital--including one that died from blunt force trauma and another that had been choked out.

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Elena Nauman Gets Conned Out of $500 After Responding to Offer for Dalmatian Puppies

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If the promised puppies do exist, they may need the services of Dalmatian Rescue of Southern California Inc.
Someone posing as a dog breeder recently conned a San Clemente couple out of $500 through an online ad offering Dalmatian puppies for sale.

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Sergei Smirnoff Due in Court Today for Allegedly Strangling Girlfriend's Christmas Cat

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Are those cat scratches, Mr. Smirnoff?
A Long Beach man is scheduled to be arraigned today for allegedly strangling his girlfriend's cat.

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Irvine Animal Care Center Changes Already Under Way After Volunteers' Complaints

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Obviously overjoyed by the changes.
An independent evaluation of Irvine Animal Care Center has only just begun, but city officials have already made some changes in the wake of allegations by shelter volunteers of inhumane treatment of pets and euthanasia of treatable animals.

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Irvine Animal Care Center's Volunteers Claim the Shelter is a One-Way Pet Motel

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Give them shelter

At Purina Pro Plan's 53rd annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards, presented by Dogs in Review magazine and the Bow Tie Inc. publishing company, Irvine Animal Care Center (IACC) was presented the Shelter of the Year award in 2007 for the facility's innovative programs and disaster-relief efforts during that year's Southern California wildfires.

Billing itself as "a progressive and innovative municipal animal shelter," the IACC has also been recognized for providing top-notch veterinary care; high-quality food; soft bedding; and daily socialization with animals that include dogs, cats and bunnies available for adoption.

But what has most set the IACC apart from other city- or county-run shelters are its low rates of euthanization. A February 2013 Orange County Register article reported only 6.2 percent of IACC animals were put down for behavioral and health reasons--and that none was euthanized due to lack of space or time spent at the shelter. By comparison, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists the national rate of euthanization for cats at 70 percent and dogs at 60 percent.

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Animal Shelter Volunteers to Raise Concerns About Conditions to Irvine City Council

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Adopt me!
Irvine Animal Care Center volunteers say they will attend Tuesday's Irvine City Council meeting to express their concerns about conditions at the city-run facility. Botched euthanasia procedures, putting strays down too soon and keeping dogs caged up for hours without letting them out to relieve themselves are among their concerns, and taking a hard look at the leadership of the center is among their solutions.

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Impaled Deer Being Euthanized by Animal Care Officers Slitting Its Throat Sparks County Probe

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"Hey, any of you seen my buddy?"
Orange County Animal Care officers' "barbaric and improper method" of euthanizing a deer impaled on a fence in Anaheim Hills by slitting its throat has sparked a county investigation--a probe that might not be had the killing not been done in front of a horrified veterinarian.

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Huntington Beach Investigates Elephant Being Used in Resort Wedding Ceremony Despite Ban

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Here comes the bride and groom, riding on a pachyderm.

An animal rights organization has pressed Huntington Beach to investigate how an elephant was used in a recent wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa despite a city ordinance prohibiting wild animal performances.

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"PBR Day in Surf City USA" to Leave Hipsters and Frank Booth Sorely Disappointed

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What kind of beer do you like? Heineken!?! Fuck that shit! PABST! Blue Ribbon!

After blue collar workers--and before the hipsters--Pabst Blue Ribbon was most appreciated by Frank Booth, the sick pup brought to career-resurrecting life in the movie Blue Velvet by the late, great Dennis Hopper. An Orange County city that seems like a crossing station for blue collar workers, hipsters and Frank Boothians is Huntington Beach, where Saturday has been proclaimed "PBR Day in Surf City USA."

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"Shortsighted" Seal Beach Coyote Killing Plan Produces Online Petition Drive
This graphic accompanies a petition to "Stop the Killing of California Coyotes."

The animal activist blowback to plans to systematically rid Seal Beach of coyotes is scheduled to be heard by the City Council tonight amid a new petition aimed at stopping eradication efforts.

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