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Chefs lead fight against Calif. foie gras ban

SAN FRANCISCO - Diners are lining up to get their last bit of foie gras at Santa Monica's Mélisse restaurant, where chef Josiah Citrin is offering a "Foie for All" five-course tasting menu.

"We're super busy," maitre d' Matthew Greenberg says. "About 30% of our guests are ordering foie gras."

Other California restaurants are also seeing a rise in orders of the gourmet duck liver, a delicacy that will become illegal to sell in the state on July 1.

Critics object to how the ducks and geese are raised: Three-month-old birds are force-fed by inserting a tube in their throat and pouring in grain. Over the two- or three-week feeding period before slaughter, the birds' livers enlarge from 3 ounces to about a pound and a quarter. More than a dozen countries ban the practice.

Botulism caused deaths of duck, geese at Marysville lake

MARYSVILLE, CA - The death of more than 20 ducks and geese at Lake Ellis was determined to be caused by Botulism, according to California Fish and Game.

The birds were found dead along the shoreline of the lake in the end of April.

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A drake Mallard that was found dead by Marysville police was taken to UC Davis for a necropsy, Capt. Mike Wilson said. Scientists found the duck died of avian botulism.

Wilson said the birds were most likely exposed to the botulism by people feeding them.

"While people enjoy the opportunity to feed the ducks; bread, chips, pretzels, etc. the effects can be very hazardous for the wildlife," Wilson said.

CHP horses quarantined after one found dead

SACRAMENTO, CA  - UC Davis pathologists performed tests to determine what caused the death of a mounting horse from the California Highway Patrol Mounting Unit.

Saturday, an officer discovered a horse named Jenny lying in a barn. The horse had just gone through training to work the streets with mounting patrols in downtown Sacramento. It had never been used for police work. 15 horses are being kept in quarantine in the same barn.

The animals will remain there until pathologists received test results about the dead horse.

"We took a horse for an autopsy. They couldn't find an immediate cause of death for that reason they have to quarantine all horses at our barn, "said CHP Lt. Rick Campbell.

The 15 horses are locked on site at Miller Park. Jenny, the horse that died, was considered part of the mounting patrol family.

Animal Services looking for dog that bit woman


The Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Section, is attempting to locate a biting dog, hopefully preventing further treatment for the victim. 

On March 10, a 21 year- old female UC Davis student was bitten by a 50 pound, Dark Brown, Male Terrier as she tried to pet the dog while he was tied up at the Arboretum on the UC Davis campus.

The Animal Services Section wants to ensure the public understands information regarding this incident is important for rabies prevention because Rabies is a deadly disease. Finding the offending animal may prevent post exposure rabies treatment for the victim. Also, as part of the Rabies Prevention Program it is important to ensure the dog’s license and rabies vaccine are current.

We would also like to remind the public to use caution when petting or approaching any animal with which they are not familiar.

Barking dogs save Yolo Co. woman, uncle from fire

ZAMORA, CA - A woman was awoken by her two dogs around 5:49 a.m. Tuesday morning to find her Yolo County home filled with smoke.

The woman rushed to help her disabled uncle out of the home and then ran back to get the dogs. However, she was unable to get back into the home to her dogs.

Fortunately, arriving firefighters got into the home and rescued the dogs.

Several local volunteer firefighters assisted the Yolo County Fire Dept. with containment and rescue efforts.

The woman said she believed the fire started in the furnace, but the Yolo County Fire Dept. would not confirm her speculation.