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VCA Launches New Personalized Digital Pet Health Experience



LOS ANGELES — VCA Animal Hospitals, a leading provider of pet health care services with more than 900 veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, announced the launch of the myVCA Patient Portal and Online Store, an integrated digital pet health experience for VCA clients. 

Among the Los Angeles locations, hospitals are located on Melrose Avenue, Venice Blvd. and Olympic Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Making high-quality pet health care easier and more accessible, myVCA’s Patient Portal offers VCA clients a personalized user experience, including access to online appointment bookings, online refills, automatic reminders, and educational articles curated for their pet’s specific health needs.

“Our health care teams in our hospitals create individualized relationships with each client and patient at VCA,” said Martha Smith, Director of National Marketing at VCA.

“By giving clients easy access to online appointment management, subscription refills, and authentic, reliable pet health information and recommendations directly from their pet’s health care team, we are proud to be able to continue those individualized relationships between visits through the personalized client experience provided by the myVCA Patient Portal and Online Store.”

Joining the myVCA app, the VCA Alexa Skill, and other innovations in VCA’s suite of pet owner-facing digital technology, the myVCA Patient Portal and Online Store leverages client, patient, and hospital data to extend the in-hospital experience into the digital sphere. 

“In getting our clients easier and more convenient access to authentic, reliable pet health information and tailored recommendations from their pets’ health care teams whenever and wherever they need them, we aim to further empower them to even more effectively support their pets’ health and wellness needs, ultimately creating more confident pet owners, and healthier pets,” said Smith. 

To access the myVCA Patient Portal and Online Store, click here.

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



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



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




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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