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News, The Snitch Decapitated Goats Lead to Reward Offer

Decapitated Goats Lead to Reward Offer

If you know who decapitated three goats and left the bodies in full view near San Jose's Alum Rock Park -- and you've been sitting on the information -- perhaps $2,500 might loosen your tongue. San Rafael's In Defense of…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Pet Ban Makes Sense to Animal Control Officials

San Francisco Pet Ban Makes Sense to Animal Control Officials

This morning, we wrote about a proposal to ban the sale of any pets (other than fish) within city limits. The suggestion seemed a little extreme to us. But, then, we never had to sign the papers condemning countless doggies,…
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News, The Snitch Monkey Business: Simian Sighted in Marin -- But S.F. Monkeys Tend to Stay in Zoo

Monkey Business: Simian Sighted in Marin -- But S.F. Monkeys Tend to Stay in Zoo

The news that multiple witnesses have spotted what appears to be a monkey tooling around Novato takes the wind out of San Francisco's sails. Nothing is supposed to happen in Novato -- that's why people move to Novato. We're the…
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News, The Snitch Zoo Insider, Longtime S.F. Animal Welfare Advocate Can't Recall Any *Other* People Jumping Into Animal Enclosures Over Past Four Decades

Zoo Insider, Longtime S.F. Animal Welfare Advocate Can't Recall Any *Other* People Jumping Into Animal Enclosures Over Past Four Decades

Yesterday, we ran a story noting how San Francisco Zoo officials weren't sure if any patrons had ever entered an animal enclosure prior to this weekend's close call in the grizzly bear lair. We haven't gotten any calls back from…
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News, Matt Smith

Make Public Dog Sex Legal

A few months ago, in the warren of back yards that stretches east from our third-floor rear window, my wife heard a chorus of yawps, yells, barks, and laughs unlike any previous commotion in our ordinarily quiet neighborhood. She stepped…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Bureaucrat

If you live in San Francisco and are interested in animal welfare issues, you have the ear of Carl Friedman. "You pay my salary, so the least I can do is be accessible," says the affable Friedman. The head of…
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News, Postscript Pet Peeve

Pet Peeve

If one more person asks if my dog is friendly, I think I might bite him or her myself. Owning a pit bull is hard enough on a day-to-day basis -- fighting all the misconceptions of the breed -- but…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Here Kitty Kitty After publication of a recent Slap Shots item on the proposed eradication of feral cats in the city, this column was deluged with letters on the subject. (Well, there were a few, anyway.) A Dave Howe from…
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