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Miniature Horses Cleared For Take Off As Service Animals

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(CBS Local) — Miniature horses are among the service animals approved to take on flights, according to new guidelines provided Thursday by the federal government.

Service animals on planes has been the subject of much debate over the past several years, especially when the animal is a little exotic. To curb some of the debate, the U.S. Department of Transportation clarified which common service animals should almost always be allowed.

“With respect to animal species, we indicated that we would focus our enforcement efforts on ensuring that the most commonly used service animals (dogs, cats, and miniature horses) are accepted for transport as service animals,” the department said in a statement.

October 22, 2016 While not as common as dogs, miniature horses are known to make great service animals. They can live as long as 35 years […]

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‘Sexy Vegan’ Sentenced, Loses Dogs Over Butt Licking Incident

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LOS ANGELES — A 37-year-old man entered a no contest plea today in connection to a video he posted with a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sexy Vegan, aka Hansel DeBartolo III, of West Hollywood entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in case 9SC03436.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman said Vegan was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation, 100 hours of community service and 52 weeks of a sexual offender program.

In addition, the defendant’s dogs which were previously seized will not be returned and he will be prohibited from owning any new animals during his probationary period. 

On Sept. 5, 2019, Vegan posted a video on a social media account depicting a pit bull licking the defendant’s rear end, the prosecutor said.

He initially pleaded not guilty on September 27 for allegedly sexually assaulting his dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced at the time. He was charged with one misdemeanor count each of sexual assault on an animal and posting obscene matter.

He was facing up to one year in county jail if convicted on the initial charges.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.

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Mother & Daughter Plead No Contest to Stealing Dog From Elderly Man

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Sgt. Dave Schilling holds dog recovered from home in South Gate and undated photo of Chewie (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

LOS ANGELES — A woman and her mother each pleaded no contest today to stealing a dog from a 72-year-old man in Long Beach in April, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Erika Juarez Trujillo and Patricia Juarez, both of South Gate, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count each of petty theft.

They were immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Lowenthal to three years’ summary probation, 30 days of community labor, modified animal neglect classes, an online animal cruelty course and a 100-yard stay-away order from the incident’s location.

In April, the victim was walking a small dog when Trujillo pushed the victim, grabbed the dog and fled in a car drive by Juarez, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.

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Lucky Owl Escapes Chimney Just Before Being Roasted

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Owl Gets Stuck in Family's Chimney, Almost Goes Up in Flames

NEW YORK (TMZ) — Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming down the chimney this Christmas as one household learned in dramatic fashion … ya gotta watch out for those night owls too.

This is pretty nuts … a family in upstate New York wanted to light a fire in their fireplace this past weekend for a holiday party but heard fluttering noises from inside their chimney. They figured it was a bird or an animal, so held off on lighting up for the moment.

By Sunday, we’re told the noises had stopped … so the fam figured whatever was in there had gotten out and scrammed. Naturally, they went ahead and started that fire they wanted to get going the night before.

To their surprise … things ended with an unexpected visitor dropping in (literally) and almost getting burnt to a crisp. Luckily, no animals were harmed in the making of this story.

A fully-grown screech-owl fell down the chimney and was frantically trying to escape the flames. The people inside obviously noticed and immediately cut off the fire … and eventually got a hold of the little guy, who might’ve been a little toasty, but wasn’t injured.

We’re told the family called animal control, which came through and took possession of the owl and took it to a shelter, where it was given fluids due to dehydration. It’ll be released in a few days, and yes … it should be A-OK for Christmas.

Just a lesson for the kids … ya never know who’ll pop in for Xmas. ‘Cause it ain’t always ol’ Saint Nick.

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