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Las Vegas Event Honors Four-Legged Beasts

Today, April 10, grab your favorite four-legged friend and head down to the largest animal event Nevada has to offer.  In its 11th year, Petapalooza takes over Star Nursery Field at Sam Boyd Stadium.  

The daylong pet-friendly concert funds more than 40 animal rescue groups and features acoustic performances by the Barenaked Ladies and Five for Fighting, among others. 

Last year, more than 20,000 attendees and 4,000 leashed dogs—along with a few parrots, potbellied pigs and snakes—took in the event. 

Admission is $7 or $5 with a can of dog food.  Event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Porn Vixen Sasha Gray Speaks Out Against Sex- for Cats & Dogs Today in Las Vegas

Award-winning adult film icon Sasha Grey says, “Too much sex can be a bad thing”—for dogs and cats, that is—in a provocative new PETA ad in which she’s shown posing nude in a bed. 

The adult film star will unveil the campaign – and her real passion – after she delivers the AVN keynote speech earlier this afternoon, Jan. 8, at the 2010 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. She is the latest celebrity to appear in PETA’s ad series that is aimed at reducing dog and cat overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering.  

Each year, up to 8 million dogs and cats are dumped at U.S. animal shelters, and about half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of suitable homes. Sasha urges all her fans to help curb the overpopulation crisis by spaying and neutering their dogs and cats to prevent pregnancies. 

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Wild Animal Encounters of the Sordid Las Vegas Kind

Karl Mitchell has wild urges that include wild animals and celebrities alike. Having a tumultuous animal training career spanning 16 years, Mitchell was sent to prison five years ago, and some thought that would be the end of his troubles with animals. 

But while searching for her new BFF, reality TV star Paris Hilton required contestants to pet a live tiger at the home of Wayne Newton. The tiger came from Pahrump, Nevada, one of five owned by the animal trainer. 

What Hilton probably doesn’t know is that Mitchell is now using her name and likeness to promote his business, Big Cat Encounters.   His website entices tourists to visit his “tiger reserve,” described as five acres of grassland, almost like a zoo, where tigers roam free and where paying customers can pet, photograph, and even swim with the large carnivores.

World-renowned animal expert?  Many respond with an emphatic no. 

“I’m always appalled whenever Karl Mitchell has anything with a heartbeat because of his history of neglect and abuse,” said animal activist Linda Faso.

Faso has shadowed Karl Mitchell ever since he first moved to Nye County in Nevada with his cats. Her concerns prompted a local news investigation back in 1996, which found horrible conditions at Mitchell’s previous animal compound — tiny cages, rotten food, flies, feces, and lack of water. 

The USDA came in and cited Mitchell for 45 separate violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Mitchell didn’t miss a beat. “Someone like him who doesn’t respect laws at all is going to do what he wants to do,” said Faso. 

Since arriving in Pahrump in the early 90’s, Mitchell has been arrested more than a dozen times and his arrest record in California stretches back even further. He was busted for trying to drive over two fish and game wardens who were chasing him. California officials describe Mitchell as a threat to both humans and animals. 

Stylist Katie Taylor witnessed how Mitchell treated a chimp during a TV taping for Super Dave Osborne at the Rio hotel. “He started beating this chimpanzee. We were like, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘That’s how I get him to do what I want him to do — beat him in the back.’ Punching the monkey in the back, he was just a jerk,” she said.

 Mitchell lost one batch of big cats in 2005 while he was doing a two-year stretch in prison for grand theft, but now he has a new collection in the backyard of a rented house. He sells tours even though his exhibitor’s license was permanently revoked in 2001. “He didn’t seem concerned about not having one,” said Pahrump Valley Times reporter Mark Waite. 

But the story came to the attention of the USDA, which has sent inspectors to Mitchell’s place three times in recent months. A formal complaint shows the government plans to come after Mitchell once again.   

Faso worries it might come too late. Every time Mitchell conducts one of his tours, she says, he puts visitors at risk. As Roy Horn knows, tigers are unpredictable. “It is an accident waiting to happen. It’s just a matter of time,” she said. 

The idea that tigers can get out of control isn’t an idle concern. Mitchell’s former neighbors say his tigers and lions got out of their compound several times and were running free. In 2002, Mitchell shot and killed one of his tigers that got loose during a move. Two years later, one of his cats bit the finger off of Mitchell’s girlfriend at the time.

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