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November 13, 2012
Why should an animal cruelty act (produce puppies from puppy mills) be grandfathered to anyone? This sends the wrong message to the public that it is OK for “preferred” store owners to be cruel to animals. I always thought Burbank City Council was one of the municipalities with integrity and high standards. To pass this grandfathering act to these two “special interest” stores shows how wrong I was. Please do not allow this to happen. Mahatma Gandhi once said “One can measure the greatness and moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.” Are special interests crowding the judgment of Burbank City Council members?
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian | November 13, 2012
At Moore's Deli in Burbank, Homer Simpson can be found eating a burger while Dora the Explorer dreams up her next quest, “Adventure Time's” Lumpy Space Princess raves about the deli's tuna and “Futurama's” Bender smokes a cigar. Restaurant owner Robert Moore harbors a hidden cultural gem in Media City - the four white walls of the deli's back dining room are covered with original artwork by cartoonists for powerhouse media companies with local headquarters or production offices, including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
When Missouri voted to pass proposition B to improve the conditions for dogs in puppy mills, the lobbyists went to work. Within weeks, the state Legislature in Missouri voted to overrule the vote. The proposition simply stated, “…adopting new rules for dog-breeders, including capping the number of dogs that were used for breeding purposes, requiring resting periods between breeding and establishing other requirements.” The measure required that dog-breeders only have 50 breeding dogs and required them to feed those animals daily and regularly.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
On Oct. 16, the Burbank City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance to prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores in Burbank. For those who don't know, “commercially bred” most times means animals that come from puppy and kitten mills that breed these animals under horrific conditions. Many of the “pedigree” papers are falsified and these animals have extraordinarily high incidence of disease and premature death. The profit motive for pet store owners gives little incentive for them to evaluate the conditions upon which their suppliers are raising these animals.
NEWS
September 13, 2012
Walt Disney Co. will take a $50 million write-down in the current fiscal quarter for a stop-motion animation project it canceled in August. The untitled movie was to be directed by Henry Selick , the well respected filmmaker behind "Coraline" and " The Nightmare Before Christmas . " Previously set to be released in October 2013, the picture had been in production for about a year when new Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn  halted work. News of the write-down came in a presentation that Disney chief financial officer Jay Rasulo made to investors at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
THE818NOW
September 13, 2012
Acknowledging that the movie business is "not for the faint of heart," NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said he'd like to see more animation   and more franchise films out of Universal in the years ahead. "We've had our ups and downs for the last 18 months," Burke said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investor Conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Among Universal's disappointments this year were "Battleship" and "The Five-Year Engagement. " But "Ted" was a smash and "The Lorax" and "The Bourne Legacy" delivered solid numbers.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | August 21, 2012
When a show like “Bones” needs, well, bones, Hollywood calls on Burbank native Gary Robbins. Same goes for werewolves, sneaker-clad bison and Stuart Little's stand-in - all can be found in an unassuming warehouse and workshop located in downtown Burbank across from a comedy club. After walking under the giant shark with someone's legs in its jaws, you're greeted at Bischoff's Taxidermy and Animal FX by a reception area resplendent with serpents, critters, creepy-crawlies, and a nice married couple who welcome you into their business in the same way a mom and pop might invite you in to sell you shoes or some baked goods.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
This is in regard to the proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in Burbank. Best Friends Animal Society wholeheartedly supports this proposal. Pet mills supply nearly 100% of U.S. pet stores. In these factory-like facilities, profit and maximum productivity take priority over the health and welfare of the animals. Pet stores that obtain their animals from mills are not an asset to the community. There are frequent reports of these animals having congenital or communicable diseases that cause heartache for unsuspecting customers who believe they are buying a pet from the best source possible.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 10, 2012
A pair of inseparable dogs were adopted last week from the Burbank Animal Shelter only to be returned three days later, prompting reminders from shelter staffers that especially when it comes to pets, patience is a virtue. Molly, a 12-year-old fox terrier, landed at the shelter with Pica, a two-year old Chihuahua-beagle mix. Their former owner gave them to the shelter months ago before entering the hospital. The pair has lived at the shelter for seven months, but they're not alone.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 25, 2012
After more than 50 years as a veterinarian in Burbank, there's nothing small about Martin Small's contribution to Burbank's animal shelter. “I have never done anything more satisfying than what I've done since I've been here,” he said. After spending the last several years working full time to establish the shelter's medical program, Small, 82, is now an on-call surgeon. Before he set foot in the shelter in 2004, cats suffered from contagious respiratory diseases and dogs were prone to kennel cough and parvovirus.
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