From ANIMAL PEOPLE, August/September 1996:
The Coulston Foundation announ-
ced June 20 that it will pay the USDA a civil
penalty of $20,000 and make $20,000 in
improvements to the Primate Biomedial
Research Center Laboratory, which it manages
at Holloman Air Force Base in New
Mexico, to settle charges resulting from the
1993 overheating deaths of three chimpanzees.
Arnim John Kudinow of Lake
Oswego, Oregon, in June drew 112 years in
prison for ramming a police car with his pickup,
throwing a knife at police, and killing a
Dutch Malinois police dog named Ronnie with
a septic bite to the nose––for which Kudinow
also was ordered to pay $595 and serve two
years on probation if he ever gets out.
Federal bankruptcy judge Robert
C. McGuire on June 24 returned to attorney
G. David Westfall 300 cows seized on May 6
by the SPCA of Texas, so that Westfall could
sell them to pay debts. The SPCA took the
cattle and spent $28,000 feeding them after
investigators found the remains of 32 starved
cattle on the property with the live cows.
A New Jersey state appeals court
ruled July 12 in Trenton that a German shepherd
service dog named Tara, belonging to
Lillian Kline, 49, of Folsom, may qualify for
aid from the Victims of Crime Compensation
Board. Tara was physically and emotionally
injured in 1994 while defending an 8-year-old
neighbor boy from teenagers who stoned and
threatened to kill them. Two youths were convicted
for their part in the attack.
Anna Sandhu Ray, who married
the late James Earl Ray while he was in
prison for assassinating civil rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr., was convicted in
Knoxville, Tennessee on July 19 of cruelty to
animals, failure to license and vaccinate, and
keeping animals in unsanitary conditions.
Ray brought two cats to court who loudly copulated
before the bench in mid-proceeding.
Ray, whose house was condemned on June
17, previously ran into trouble in 1994 for
alleged animal collecting in Nashville.
Patricia Ann Thomas, 41, of
Tucson, on July 17 became the first person in
Arizona to be charged with criminal nuisance
for feeding bears. Thomas drew a warning
last year after two bear attacks on humans
occured near her Mount Lemmon cabin.
Three days after Thomas was arrested,
Jennifer Corrales, 8, camping nearby with her
Brownie troop, suffered eye damage when she
woke to find a bear sniffing her face. The bear
clawed her once before fleeing. Corrales
begged that the bear not be destroyed.