Second horse killed on 'Flicka' set
SIMI VALLEY, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- Animal-rights activists are butting heads with Hollywood over the second horse killed on the set of the remake of "My Friend Flicka."
Two days after a horse was killed during a "wild horse race" scene, the American Humane Association announced Wednesday that another animal had been euthanized April 11 after breaking a leg near Simi Valley, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
Critics say the AHA has a conflict of interest because it is paid by the Screen Actors Guild of Hollywood to monitor animal treatment.
"I am mortified. Poor horses. They've gotta stop this," said Kathy Riordan, a member of the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission. "I personally think there is a major conflict of interest when the entity responsible for monitoring an industry is supported by it. Any way you look at it, (the AHA) gets paid by Hollywood and there's something wrong with that."
Cat in tote bag rescued from river
TORONTO, April 28 (UPI) -- Moses the cat was rescued at the last minute after using up just about all of its nine lives trapped in a tote bag floating down Canada's freezing Don River. .
Ivor and Shirley Oram heard the cat howling as they walked along the river but couldn't pinpoint the sound until they spotted a bright blue tote bag stuck on some rocks.
Oram retrieved the bag and found the orange tabby inside, partially submerged in water inside and barely alive.
"He was at the point where I think we'd heard his last cry," Oram told the Toronto Sun.
That was two weeks ago Saturday, and Moses, believed to be somewhere between the ages of 1 and 3, has made a remarkable comeback under the care of the Humane Society, who supplied the Biblical name. The Orams plan to adopt Moses soon as possible to join their three cats and dog at home.
Orange County saves bat bridge
SANTA ANA, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- The government of Orange County, Calif., bought a private bridge to save the more than 1,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that consider it home.
Supervisor Bill Campbell, who has been negotiating with the property owner for more than a year to save the Hicks Canyon Haul Road Bridge in the northeast part of the county, said Wednesday the structure is slated to become public property, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The move is one step toward making the bridge part of a regional trail system.