Some fans of the pit bull breed have been mad at us ever since four members of their favorite dog family fatally attacked a jogger east of Palmdale last month. It's not the first time we've reported on a fatal pit bull attack. But, for whatever reason, our report and others like it struck a chord: ... More >>
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. "Doesn't she look like Audrey Hepburn?" asks Elayne Boosler of Jazzy, a visiting pit bull–Weimaraner mix. Boosler does an impression of Jazzy as Hepburn, playing off the w ... More >>
The Humane Society is sounding triumphant today because, it says, 80 L.A.-area pet stores have signed a pledge to stop selling puppies. (The concern among animal-rights activists has long been that retail pooches come from inhumane puppy mills). The thing is, selling puppies at retail stores has al ... More >>
All the cool City Hall kids are doing it -- banning retail pet sales in an attempt to squeeze out puppy mills accused of breeding cats and dogs in brutal and inhumane conditions. The L.A. City Council passed a pet sales ban this fall after the city of West Hollywood did so in 2010. The thing is, t ... More >>
A woman found with 32 chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes living inside her La Puente home told officers she was just trying to save them from life on the suburban streets of east L.A. County. According to Aaron Reyes at the county's Department of Animal Care and Control, his department was summoned to ... More >>
One day in January 2011, Mira Tweti walked down to the garage of her Playa del Rey apartment where she saw -- amid the clutter of trash meant for recycling -- a small, mid-century bird cage. Clean and narrow, the 3-foot cage had a diameter roughly the size of a large dinner plate. Though a self-des ... More >>
Forty-six-year-old Jackson Galaxy and his beloved Velouria look like a pair of furry lovebirds as he wakes her for a mid-Sunday morning kiss. "Oh delicious," Galaxy says as he holds his life partner of nearly 20 years, nuzzling her face. "Your breath is terrible." Unlike a lot of ladies, Velouria ... More >>
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. Luigi Francis Rossi -- better known as Shorty, titular star of the Animal Planet "docudrama" Pit Boss -- was not, as some have said, "made for television." His recently release ... More >>
In an effort to join the modern world, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is letting dog owners license their pets online -- finally joining pretty much every other major city in the U.S. L.A.'s troubled and problem-riddled Animal Services agency -- the big department has failed for yea ... More >>
Obnoxious L.A. pet owners face $250 fine
I'm Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man's Best Friend From America's Favorite Humorists is the new book edited by Wade Rouse, with essays by Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, Beth Harbison, W. Bruce Cameron and many others, plus ... More >>
Gendy AlimurungWhat did your cat eat today? Does your cat eat better than you do? Some of these kitties at the recent Santa Monica Cat Show do. I asked their respective humans what is the fanciest, tastiest, nommiest thing they feed their cats. Keep reading to learn what they said, or 10 Cats ... More >>
Laid-back L.A. Animal Services department takes months to stop problem barkers
Sam SlovickPrecious waits to be adopted.Precious is such a bitch. The compact young blonde struts the patio inside the iron gates just behind the Modernica furniture factory in downtown's Industrial District. Precious is subtly clever, looking for vulnerability: She'll push your buttons, th ... More >>
Who'll feed Rover after the rapture?
Jenn GarbeeCanine Cocktail HourYou get to go out on Friday night, why not your dog? We don't mean for another walk around the block -- that is so 2009 -- but a Mutt Mingle. This Friday night at Pussy & Pooch, you can take your dog to a 3-hour social gathering to sample the free treats, or pon ... More >>
A puppy mill.The city of West Hollywood was expected to give final approval Tuesday to a law that will ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores. The ordinance states that existing shops will be given time to come to terms with the new rule, and that the sale of "humanely bred, reared or shelt ... More >>
Cats will eat your eyeballs if given half the chance. Now they can eat severed legs. Karen Brazell is a 38 year old graphic designer. She makes catnip toys that look like severed legs and sells them for five bucks a pop. How many severed leg cat toys have you sold so far? Coming up on 140 ... More >>
Back in 2007, there was a dog food recall scare, and professional caterer Vickie McDougal noticed that her Maltese's kibble was on The List. "I figured, 'I'm a caterer,'" said McDougal. "'How hard could it be?'" She began doing research, consulting with her veterinarian and perfecting the recipe. Sh ... More >>
Nicole Kidman, lanky and ascetic as a hairless sphynx, slinks by with child
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There's been much to-do about Obama's future dog. Screw the economic crisis. This dog's got to be hypo-allergenic, because Malia is allergic. It's got to be from a shelter, preferably. The American Kennel Club has weighed in, suggesting poodles and Portugese water dogs. The Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan ... More >>
A new neutering rule appeases the wrathful animal-rights lobby but offers little hope
Does a Chihuahua really fit a nation of macho men and feisty women?
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How far I have come from the Van Nuys Motel 6. Almost right where I started, give or take a few blocks. Since then, a friend (ok, my ex-boyfriend) took my dog cross country. Stevie (my four legged dog child) has been to San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and today swam (or tried to) in a river in Mon ... More >>
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Bill to protect pets gets amended into near oblivion
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