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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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Help LA Animal Services by Fostering, Adopting, and Donating

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LOS ANGELES — – As LA Animal Services continues to operate in alignment with the City of Los Angeles’ response to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), they need your help to ensure that the well-being of the animals in their care.

According to the World Health Organization, there has been no evidence that indicates that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. If you are considering surrendering your pet, first exhaust all options before starting the surrender process. If you still absolutely need to surrender your pet after reviewing all of your options, ask for help. Animal Services Centers ask that you do not come to their facilities or bring a pet if you have not made an appointment.

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Animals NEED Foster Volunteers and Adopters

Although the centers are closed to the public due to COVID-19, they are still receiving animals; their Officers find lost and injured animals in the community. They need to make space for these orphaned and abandoned animals in their Animal Services Centers.
 
The centers are under a City directive not to have more than 50 people assembled, including staff, so they have suspended volunteering at this time.

Animal Services says they need help from the community more than ever.

If you want to foster:

  • Visit laanimalservices to see animals and identify one or two animals you may want to foster, document their Animal ID number or A# (example:A1234567).
  • Email a volunteer liaison at ani.volunteers with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before) with the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you want to foster.
  • Schedule an appointment by calling 888-452-7381.

If you want to adopt:

  • Visit laanimalservices , when you see the pet(s) you want to adopt call 888-452-7381 with the Animal ID number or A# number (example: A1234567) and they will share all of the information regarding the pet with you.
  •  If you want to move forward with the paperwork to adopt this animal, staff will obtain all information to complete the paperwork for adoption and schedule an appointment.
  • During the appointment, staff will show you the selected animals and a few additional animals if time allows.
  • Appointments will be scheduled after the vetting process. To comply with social distancing requirements, they will be scheduling appointments daily at their six LA Animal Services Centers from 11am to 4pm.

Making a Donation

If you are unable to foster or adopt an animal, L.A. Animal Services would greatly appreciate your donation.

Their ongoing work for the animals and people who love them is made possible by the generosity of donors, volunteers, partners, and all animal-loving Angelenos.
 
If you are interested in donating items to LA Animal Services directly, please consider using their link to donate a Kuranda bed or order pet toys that can’t be chewed up or swallowed, like Kong toys or balls, from our wish lists.

The animals thank you for your continued support.

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Runyon Canyon Hikers Urged to Not Pet Dogs in Wake of Coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — L.A. is gonna have a ruff time adjusting to new rules if they wanna hike the famed Runyon Canyon … like not petting other people’s dogs to help stave off the spread of the coronavirus.

Hikers are still allowed to hit up the popular trail but they’re being urged to follow 4 simple rules to help stem COVID-19 … and one of the rules explicitly calls for hikers to NOT pet other people’s dogs.

As you can see … hikers are also abiding by perhaps the most important rule, keeping their distance. Hikers seen going up there earlier this week were spotted practicing the rule throughout.

As you know well by now … California is in a 24-hour lockdown beginning Friday until further notice as cases in the Golden State continue mounting at an alarming rate. The “Safer-at-Home” order calls for the closure of all shopping centers, indoor malls, playgrounds and non-essential business. It also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people in enclosed spaces.

Residents, however, are allowed to leave their homes to go on walks and get exercise. Good news for hikers, bad news if they’re huuuuuge pooch lovers. Call it a sacrifice.

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Animal Shelters See Influx of Kids, Seniors Looking to Adopt or Foster Pets

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Animal Shelters See Influx of Kids, Seniors Looking to Adopt or Foster Pets

(TMZ) — The coronavirus pandemic is negatively impacting almost everyone in the world, but on the bright side — people are looking for furry friends to keep them company during these social distancing days … especially families with kids and the elderly.

TMZ spoke with people who run animal shelters across the country, and though they are experiencing challenges like everyone else … the good news is animal lovers are coming in big numbers to adopt and foster pets.

Nikole Bresciani — CEO of the Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona, CA — tells us … meeting pets and adoptions are by appointment only now and all applications are online as COVID-19 precautions, but folks are still reaching out.

In fact, Nikole says with kids being home from school, there’s been an uptick in families reaching out about adding a cat or dog to their lives … and more scheduled appointments are on the books for the upcoming week.

The same goes for senior citizens. Randa Richter of SPCA Florida tells us … they’ve seen at least a 20 percent increase in elderly people looking to adopt a pet because their normal social activities — like Bingo — are all canceled. So, Randa says they want a furry friend to pass the time with at home.

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Like Nikole, Randa says there’s also an abundance of families with children home from school looking to get the kids out … so they go visit the pets up for adoption and often end up taking them home. Same goes for a couple with no kids working from home, who now want to add another member to their household … but not a kid.

On top of this, Randa tells us they’ve had a huge rise in volunteers — mostly high school kids who can earn credit for volunteering and now have much more free time, and seniors. The volunteer work includes walking dogs, kitty care and cleaning the facilities.

Finally, Jack Hagerman of the Pasadena Humane Society SPCA tells us … even though it has shut its physical doors to limit staff and the public to coronavirus exposure, it hasn’t closed up shop, and the community has stepped up in a big way to find foster homes for all its animals.

Jack says they’ve had more people than ever — 368, which again includes families with kids and the elderly — reach out and offer to foster animals in need now that it has closed.

Jack says it currently has 180 animals including dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, and even baby squirrels, and fortunately … so many people are at home and happy to help. He tells us he hopes the foster pets will all find forever homes soon, especially during these trying times.

It would be a win-win for everyone … and that’s desperately needed right now.

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