June 30, 2011
Animal Crackers fundraiser at Marine Room Friends of Animal Crackers, a pet rescue organization in Laguna Beach, will hold a fundraiser from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 8 at the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. The fundraiser will help with the cost of taking in animals that other shelters cannot care for and are in danger of being euthanized, according to a news release from founder Gina Kantzabedian. Animals are not euthanized at Animal Crackers. "The harsh reality is, not killing animals is a very costly proposition," Kantzabedian said, according to the release.
November 11, 2009
Ariel Rescue Meet Legend. He is a purebred 1 year old neutered male Siberian Husky who needs a loving home. Legend is being fostered at Dog Ranch Bed and Biscuit in Laguna Beach until he finds his forever home. Legend was saved by caring volunteers who whisked him out of a dangerous situation in Mexico. When owners don't want their dogs any longer in Mexico, they are typically euthanized. Legend was brought in to be euthanized but by the good will of caring animal lovers, his life was spared.
March 26, 2009
A Kansas man who severely beat a seagull on Laguna’s Main Beach Dec. 31 has been fined a total of $275 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dragan Djuric, of Wichita, Kan., will be able to admit guilt and pay the fine, or face further prosecution for violating the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to “take” — either by capturing or killing — any migratory bird in the U.S., said Ed Newcomer, a special agent with the department’s enforcement division in Torrance.
January 8, 2009
A rare Heermann’s gull had to be euthanized after it was allegedly beaten by a man who claimed the bird had attacked him and his wife near the playground at Main Beach on New Year’s Eve, Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. Heermann’s gulls — an unusually aggressive species of Pacific Coast gull — are on the Audubon Society’s watch list for endangered or threatened birds, according to the society’s website. The suspected attacker, Dragan Djuric, 50, of Wichita, Kan., was cited for misdemeanor cruelty to animals in the incident at 2:53 p.m. Dec. 31, according to police records.
January 16, 2009
The Orange County District Attorney?s office has decided not to press charges against a tourist from Kansas who was accused of beating a sea gull after it went after his ice cream Dec. 31 on the boardwalk at Main Beach, spokeswoman Farah Emami said Tuesday. Dragan Djuric, 50, of Wichita, told police he was walking with his wife, eating ice cream cones when the couple was attacked by a pair of sea gulls who went after the ice cream. Djuric allegedly picked up a stick and beat one of the birds so severely it had to be euthanized at the Huntington Beach Wetlands and Wildlife Station.
May 28, 2010
High surf results in weekend rescues Seven people were pulled from high surf Saturday at three beaches in Laguna, according to police records. A diver was rescued from waters off the 1900 block of Ocean Way at 12:51 p.m. Lifeguards were called to assist two swimmers in a rip current off Sleepy Hollow beach at 3:30 p.m. Two were rescued from the surf off Lagunita Beach in South Laguna at 4:07 p.m. A man and young girl were pulled out of the water about 100 feet from shore off Treasure Island Beach in South Laguna.
April 26, 2002
Suzie Harrison The recent discoveries of dead and sick sea lions along the coast has marine biologists worried. However, it is not unusual for sea lions to wash up on Orange County beaches, said Newport Beach Fire Capt. Eric Bauer. "This is not uncommon at all," he said. "We do see them from time to time." Over the last few weeks, though, the Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach has been deluged with critically ill sea lions and dolphins, said Bonnie Starr with Friends of the Sea Lion.
June 28, 2002
Mary A. Castillo The rattlesnakes are back in Laguna. Actually, ask a few residents who have already had visits from rattlers in their garages or on their front lawns and they know snakes have been back for quite some time. "We're seeing more overall than the norm," said Joy Falk, animal services officers for the Laguna Beach Police Department. "This year is tied to a bigger than average year in rodents." However, Falk advises residents to understand the difference between rattlesnakes and nonvenomous snakes such as the king snake.
April 4, 2008
A year ago, veterinarian Matthew Wheaton had to put down a black lab puppy that he would have otherwise operated on, because the owners couldn’t afford to pay the cost of the required surgery to save their pet. Since the heart-wrenching experience, he has made it his mission to ensure he will never face such a predicament again. A lifelong Lagunan and veterinarian of 12 years who has managed his own practice since July 2000, Wheaton recently founded the Orange County Pet Rescue Center, a nonprofit organization that will help local pet rescue groups save adoptable cats and dogs from euthanasia in high-kill shelters by providing veterinary care while looking for loving families to adopt them.