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Haunted House Raises Money For Animal Shelter

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Continuing their 27-year long Halloween tradition, Diane and Preston Meyer have once again turned their front yard into a haunted house. This year, the family-friendly attraction has been themed as a gateway into the underworld, going by the name, “The Portal.”

Although passersby might assume the couple are only interested in making profit from their home, the Meyers have never accepted money made off the attraction, and instead, ask visitors to donate however much they would like to various charities. For the second year in a row, they are raising funds for the “Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter.”

“Back before Katrina hit, we had never collected any money at all, because we aren’t supposed to and we didn’t feel it was right. That year we collected some money for Habitat for Humanity and sent it to them for Katrina,” said Preston Meyer.

“For a couple years we did different charities and decided, we don’t really make a whole lot of money. So now, we pick local charities where that much money makes a big difference in their budget for the year.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the past, the Meyers have donated their Halloween earnings to the Burbank Arts Education Foundation, Bikers Against Child Abuse, the Burbank Boys & Girls Club, and several other foundations listed on their site.

Originally, the Meyers converted their driveway into a haunted house as a way to celebrate their daughter’s sixth birthday, which falls a week before Halloween.

“Kids came to the birthday party and had to walk through the haunted house. It developed from there,” said Preston Meyer.

Preston, who has a background in construction, begins the building process every year in September with the help of his family and a crew. Using recycled aspects of the attraction’s past incarnations, the Meyers don’t finish until days before opening.

Pointing to a hooded life-size skeleton, he recounted its history, saying, “It started off as a pumpkin, and it’s been a clown, a werewolf, an alien… This year, it’s the Grim Reaper.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Meyers’ haunted house operation which goes by the name “Rotten Apple 907” is a local classic. As it approaches its third decade, the generation that grew up visiting the house is introducing their favorite Halloween tradition to a new wave of trick-or-treaters.

“We have parents who came as kids, and now they’re bringing their own kids to share the experience,” said Preston.

“The Portal” located at 907 N. California St. is open for visitors of all ages on October 28, 29, and 31 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Doors may close prior to 10 pm, depending on the demand.

Animal Shelter to Begin Closing on Mondays

The Burbank City Animal Shelter is announcing new hours. Starting January 4, 2016, the Shelter will be closed to the public on Mondays. The new schedule will allow Animal Shelter staff members and the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) to attend to critical needs of the Shelter, such as facility maintenance, animal assessments and socialization. This will result in an enhanced environment and better care for the animals. The new schedule will also allow for additional attention to administrative duties involving the operation of the Shelter.Burbank Animal Shelter Pic

The Shelter’s new public hours will be:

Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm

Closed on Mondays and City holidays.

Any member of the public who needs non-emergency assistance when the Shelter is closed may leave a message for the Shelter staff by calling (818) 238-3340. An animal control officer will return the call as soon as possible. Emergency assistance is available 24/7 by calling the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3000.

Dog registrations and non-emergency service requests can be handled online by visiting the Animal Shelter website: www.BurbankAnimalShelter.org.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Additional information is available at the VBAS website at www.thevbas.org.

Shelter Animals Are Ready For Their Close-Ups

 Deb Cobb (Shelter Art Foundation) David Snyder, Carolyn Malden, Lorry Izor, Steve Sloop (Shelter Art Foundation) get puppies ready for that glamor shot. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Deb Cobb (Shelter Art Foundation) David Snyder, Carolyn Malden, Lorry Izor, Steve Sloop (Shelter Art Foundation) get puppies ready for that glamor shot. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

F-stop, shutter speed, depth of field, lighting…the photographer is ready. Bring on the model! Were we at a photo shoot for the latest model or actor? No, these actors and models were of the furry variety and the location was the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Paulina Logan, Deb Cobb, Carolyn Malden, and Lorry Izor work at getting dogs attention. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Paulina Logan, Deb Cobb, Carolyn Malden, and Lorry Izor work at getting dogs attention. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Shelter Art Foundation, sponsored by Purina and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, recently spent three days giving in-depth instruction, expertise, mentoring and special equipment to VBAS volunteers. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement of the volunteers was evident as they learned new photography techniques, discovered the magic of good lighting and saw the spectacular results! The goal for Steve Sloop and Deb Cobb of Shelter Art Foundation and for the staff and volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter is to provide the animal stars the best possible way to attract potential adopters.  Actors, actresses, models and celebrities all use sharp, classy photos to get noticed, why shouldn’t our animals?

Steve Sloop,( Shelter Art Foundation) gives David Snyder tips on editing pictures. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steve Sloop,( Shelter Art Foundation) gives David Snyder tips on editing pictures. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This instruction was a game changer for me” said volunteer photographer Amy. “My pictures are about to get SO much cooler!”  A new photo of Coco, a female Korean Jindo/Australian Shepherd available for adoption, was posted on a Facebook and “That photo has exploded on my page!” reported Photo Team Manager Lorry. Three different sessions of many hours each were offered to the volunteer photographers, to wranglers tasked with perfect placement of the animals onto the specialized backdrop and to kitten foster parents who would be using the techniques for home photography. Hands on sessions, critiques and editing suggestions all contributed to the end goal — the best first impression of an adoptable animal!

Lorry Izor gets a kiss from Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier Deb Cobb looks on. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lorry Izor gets a kiss from Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier Deb Cobb looks on. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steve and Deb shared photo expertise and their love of the process. “The VBAS Photo Team is already working well and has a great deal of skill so we were able to offer them a Level 2 session with additional equipment,” said Steve. The Shelter Art Foundation (www.shelterart foundation.org) is based in Monterrey, California but will travel all over the country sharing these techniques and will maintain contact with the teams that they have trained to promote an interchange of ideas and methods. The Foundation is able to offer this training free of charge to shelters and rescue groups through a generous grant from Purina and support from the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. The volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this process. “I learned more about photography in thirty minutes than I had learned in my whole life” said Chris.

Lorry Izor reacts after getting kissed by Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier Deb Cobb looks on. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lorry Izor reacts after getting kissed by Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier Deb Cobb looks on. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Deb Cobb ( Shelter Art Foundation) works with Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier, along with Lorry Izor. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Deb Cobb ( Shelter Art Foundation) works with Maytag a Pit Bull Terrier, along with Lorry Izor. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lorry Izor helps this dog strike the pose needed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lorry Izor helps this dog strike the pose needed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Late Night Accident Sends Man to Hospital

At around 10:45 Monday night, Burbank Police along with Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported single vehicle traffic accident near the Burbank Animal Shelter with the car overturned.

Burbank Paramedics get ready to transport a man to the hospital after being involved in an accident. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank PD was first on scene and reported that a vehicle was flipped over on the sidewalk with the driver and his small dog out of the vehicle. The driver was reported traveling northbound on Victory at a high rate of speed before he lost control of his car and flipped several times through the air where he then landed on the opposite side of the road upside down in the bushes.

Before coming to rest in the bushes, the car snapped a tree in half which pierced the side window of the car missing the driver by inches. Amazingly, the driver escaped with non life threatening injuries but was transported to the hospital with multiple lacerations to his face and a possible concussion. The dog appeared to be okay but will probably demand to drive next time.

Southbound Victory was closed for over an hour in the area for the clean up and duration of the investigation.

 

This vehicle rolled and wound up knocking over a tree on Victory Place near the Animal Shelter Monday night. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

The car was righted after the accident showing damage to the passenger side of the vehicle (Photo By Nick Colbert)

 

Mother of Two Arrested for DUI After Driving Car on Wrong Side of Street

Burbank Paramedics treat victims while Burbank Police officers investagate this accident on Victory Place Wednesday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Evening traffic came to a halt on Victory Place in front of the Burbank Animal Shelter when a car traveling southbound went into oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes.

Burbank Police, with the aid of Animal Shelter personal, stopped traffic while Burbank Paramedics could treat the injured.  Paramedics needed two rescue ambulances to transport the victims to Saint Joseph Medical Center with moderate injuries.

The driver of the southbound car had two young children in her auto, that sustained only minor injuries, their mother was later booked for DUI after being released from the hospital.

The driver, Elizabeth Ludwick Bax, 49, of Burbank had been arrested by Burbank Police on January 15, for spousal battery.  Her bail in that case was set at $20,000.  In this lastest incident, she was arrested for driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and her bail was set at $100,000.

Burbank Paramedics treat victims while Burbank Police officers investagate this accident on Victory Place Wednesday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Mountain Lion Cubs Found Near Orange Grove and Sixth St.

This morning, at 10:40 a.m., residents called the Burbank Animal Shelter stating there were two small “bobcats,” hiding under a vehicle, in the 600 block of E. Orange Grove Ave.

Animal Control Officers responded, recovered the cubs, and transported them to the Burbank Animal Shelter. While examining the small cubs at the shelter, it was discovered that the animals were, in fact, mountain lion cubs and not bobcats as originally reported.

The cubs were badly malnourished and it appeared they had not been fed by their mother in a few weeks.

A Department of Fish and Game warden took possession of the mountain lion cubs and transported them to the Wildlife Station in Calabasas. The cubs were placed with another litter, in the hopes of improving their health.

At this time, it is unknown if the mother lion will return to the area for her cubs.

There were reports that some residents were attempting to strike the cubs with brooms. As a reminder, we strongly encourage all residents to never approach a mountain lion, remain clear of the area, and contact the Animal Shelter or Police Department if any wildlife is seen in the community.

These two Mountain Lion Cubs were found near Orange Gove and Sixth St. in Burbank. There is no sign of the mother. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Animal Shelter)

Animals Enjoy Getting Christmas Presents, Too

By Denise Fleck
Special to BurbankNBeyond

The spirit of the holiday season was pawsitively thriving at the Burbank Animal Shelter as dozens of blankets, boxes of dog and cat treats, food bowls, cat scratching pads, rawhide chews and more filled the enormous brown boxes dropped off today compliments of the cast & crew of “Pretty Little Liars.”

The production has spent the last month collecting much-needed items for the dogs, cats and rabbits who temporarily reside at the Shelter and crew member Kateland Brown played Santa delivering the goods. Kateland, who works for producer Lisa Cochran, made ornaments from Burbank Animal Shelter pet photos to trim the company tree and tug at the heart strings of the cast and crew who were beyond generous with their donations.

Animal Control Officers John McCullough and Tracy Fossen were on hand along with Volunteer President Denise Fleck to accept the items. Fleck beamed, “It’s wonderful to see how animals touch so many. At this time of year, ‘the season of giving,’ many people do open their hearts and wallets to help others, but all of us here are delighted that this production remembered that animals who give back to people all year long. Besides the staples of food and litter, cast members thought of toys, cozy beds and kitty scratching posts — items that are often considered luxuries to homeless pets. The staff and volunteers of BAS truly feel blessed by the friends they have in the Burbank Community, and our friends at Pretty Little Liars rank high on that list!”

Pretty Little Liars airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC Family. The show is set in Rosewood, a perfect little town. So quiet and pristine, you’d never guess it holds so many secrets. Some of the ugliest ones belong to the prettiest girls in town — Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) — four estranged friends whose darkest secrets are about to unravel over the death of their best friend. Chad Lowe and Holly Marie Combs also star in the series touting its Winter Premiere January 2nd.

Burbank Kids Enjoy A Visit From The Easter Bunny

Pictured is the egg hunt for kids 7- 10 years old on baseball field # 1 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza held on Saturday at McCambridge brought out well over a 1000 people, there were egg hunts, pictures with The Easter Bunny, games, slides and even real bunnies from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The admission was free and there were special prizes given away, and lots of fun.

John McCullough Animal Control Officer was on hand with a rare Angora Bunny they call Mr. Trump (because of the hair problem) for kids to hold and pet. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Denise Fleck President of The Volunteer of the Burbank Animal Shelter was with Selena, John McCullough's dog and the Official Animal Shelter Mascot, badge and all. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Ross’ Retro

Do You Remember When…?

BurbankNBeyond’s Photographer, Ross A. Benson, has been covering news, events, and sports in Burbank for the past 35 years.  He will being displaying some of his historic pictures here in keeping with the Centennial Celebration here in Burbank and give you a chance to look back in Burbank’s past.

What is it? (answer below the picture)

Yes, it’s Downtown Burbank before construction of the Media Center Mall, Ikea, the AMC Theaters and all the rest that now occupy the 40 acres that was set aside for development.  Ross took a ride one day in the police helicopter and got these great shots of the area before the construction began.

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