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2013 top animal stories in Glendale, Burbank

Rescue of cat, along with library's decommissioning of cat-memorabilia collection, were just part of an interesting 2013.

December 30, 2013|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • The Glendale bear looks over his new home in Alpine, Calif., after he was captured.
The Glendale bear looks over his new home in Alpine, Calif.,… (Courtesy of the…)

Rescued creatures large and small contributed to the year's headlines.  

Cat resuscitated after fire

A 12-year-old cat that was resuscitated by Glendale firefighters during an apartment fire in February was adopted from the Pasadena Humane Society after its former owners, who were contacted, according to fire officials, did not come forward to take it.

The black cat with golden eyes, named Glinda, was brought back to life after firefighters administered oxygen atop a nearby car. She was saved from a blaze at the Fort Dearborn Home complex in the 400 block of West Doran Street.

The cat recuperated in an oxygen chamber and was taken care of by the Pasadena Humane Society until she was adopted.

Race horse rescued

In August, a Glendale horse rescue found a home for a former race horse that won hundreds of thousands of dollars on the track but sold for just $30 at an auction.

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The horse, Silver Ray, moved to a retirement home for thoroughbred horses in Kentucky, called Old Friends, after being fed and pampered at Polo Pony Rescue in the Riverside-Rancho neighborhood.

Glendale clips cat books

The Glendale Central Library decommissioned its cat-memorabilia collection this year, which at its height, was once the largest in the nation. The library placed the books in storage and is considering different options for their disposal.

At one point, the collection included more than 4,000 cat-related books and other items, including cat magazines, photographs and calendars.

The collection began in the mid-1960s when the founders of the now-defunct Jewel City Cat Club — Sidney Roberta Billig and her husband, Dr. Harvey Billig — donated about 150 books.

The collection grew as the cat club continued to funnel donated items and the library purchased books to supplement it. And the library wasn't picky about titles. If it had "cat" in the title, it would likely take it.

The research collection fizzled, though, as people stopped calling and coming in for cat information, mostly about breeding, with the advent of the Internet.

Meatball tiff

The San Diego County animal sanctuary that took in "Meatball" the Glendale bear banned the woman who turned him into a social media darling from visiting the bear on their property in October because she refused to sign away all legal claims she had to the bear's name.

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