Laurel Canyon News
Troubled Dogs, Woodpeckers, Goat Milk, More
By Daniel Antolin
Jul 6, 2011 - 10:55:48 PM

LAUREL CANYON—Members of the Laurel Canyon Association regularly keep in touch via email when they need one another's help with any given task or like to spread helpful information to their neighbors about happenings near their homes.

This week, association members are looking for a violent dog's owner and a loving home for a rescued dog. They are offering a unique brand of milk and information about unforeseen consequences associated with summer tree trimming. Not to mention tips on how to circumvent cell phone problems and a reminder on oversized vehicles parking where they do not belong.

Franklin Canyon Park Photo courtesy of Laurel Canyon Association
Locals Phillip and Lucy Campus have asked the association for help in finding the owner of a dog that attacked a woman while she was walking her two dogs on the corner of Wonderland Park Avenue and Greenvalley Road at Franklin Canyon Park and the ran away. Concerned for her own health after having been bitten and scratched during the attack, the woman wants to know from the owner if the dog has had its shots.

The dog in question is described as a light brown pit bull mix with pointed ears that weighs anywhere from 20 to 25 pounds. He was being walked by a young boy with dark hair. Anyone with pertinent information to share is asked to call 323-650-8368.

Madison the pit bull mix Photo courtesy of Sandy Brown
Another pit bull mix, which was rescued by local Sandy Brown from a shelter, is looking for a loving home. The dog is currently staying at Boulevard Pet Clinic in Studio City. Brown already has two dogs and cannot keep another.

"I met her at a dog adoption where she was passed up. She was at the shelter since April and although she was a staff favorite her time was up and they were going to put her down," Brown said. "After spending time with her, I just couldn't let that happen.  She is a happy girl - full of life - so we pulled her from the shelter."

Madison is a white and brown 1-year-old spayed dog weighing about 35 pounds. She knows all basic commands, knows how to shake a hand, behaves when being walked on a leash, gets along with other dogs and keeps her cool in front of cats.

Anyone wanting to meet Madison can email Brown at or visit While at Madison's very own YouTube page, prospective owners can verify that she is well-behaved dog, as was mentioned before.

Meanwhile, local Elaine Fresco is wondering if anyone is interested in having fresh goat milk to drink on a regular basis. Fresco is the owner of two dairy goats that are producing more sweet milk than she can drink while she is busy packing to move. Anyone who wants more than glass or two can email her at

Resident Chris Young forwarded a message to neighbors regarding how trimming trees during the summer comes with tragic consequences for hundreds of bird who are brought in every year during this time to Valley Wildlife Care for treatment. This is especially true of Acorn Woodpeckers that lay their eggs in dead trees' cavities.

A baby Acorn Woodpecker Photo courtesy of Brenda Varvarigos
The message was from Brenda Varvarigos, executive director of the non-profit volunteer organization based in the West Hills, who related a story about a baby Acorn Woodpecker that was found during a cleanup of a recent dead tree removal.

"Although a thorough check was done after receiving this little one, no more babies were found. This little Acorn is lucky to be receiving the second chance that his siblings did not," Varvarigos said. "When this little one grows up, we will try hard to reintroduce him to his colony as this will be his only chance for survival in the wild."

The baby woodpecker needs to be with other birds of its kind. This is because they work together to feed one another, mate and provide incubation for their eggs. They are very communal, and it takes a village to raise a single baby woodpecker.

"If they do not accept him, he will be forced to live life in captivity as an educational ambassador," Varvarigos said. "Though he is only a hatchling that will be raised in captivity, there is a good chance his family will remember him once he returns."

Because of the potential for harm it can cause to these types of birds, residents are being asked to wait until the fall and winter season to trim trees outside of their homes.

Another email was sent out by local writer Richard Seireeni regarding a problem he and a few neighbors experienced with ATT&T 3G MicroCells they purchased in order to improve reception for their iPhones. This is the device's intended purpose.

An ATT&T technician told Seireeni that poor reception, inability to make calls, long delays when calls are made, lost calls and inaudible callers are known problems experienced between iPhones and MicroCells. And there is no reliable fix, he said. Many customers on the AT&T Community Support website reported experiencing the same issues.

Turning off the DATA function when using iPhones at home and turning the function on when not in use will preserve voice functions, Seireeni was told.

And resident Joann Deutch reminded everyone in the association that it is illegal to park trucks and campers near homes after having heard that some neighbors were experiencing this problem.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation website states that trucks 22 feet or longer are not allowed to park in residential areas unless they are emergency vehicles, transit or shuttle buses, or making local deliveries. Trucks illegally parked in these areas can be reported to the LADOT by calling 310-757-8138.

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