Latest Animal cruelty News

Pet shop owner says suspects threw stolen guinea pig at him

Nov. 18, 2019 7:38 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without paying....

Nashville animal science teacher charged after emu dies

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities say a Nashville area high school teacher is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after an emu kept in her care at the school died. News outlets report 33-year-old Jessica Lumpkins was charged Wednesday after Metro Animal Care and Control discovered that...

Congress approves bill expanding animal cruelty law

Nov. 6, 2019 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously...

At least 3 horses found dead on Creswell property

Nov. 5, 2019 8:51 AM EST

CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) — Court documents say least three dead horses were found on the property near Creswell where 61 horses were seized last week. The Register-Guard reports a newly filed search warrant affidavit made available Monday in Lane County Circuit Court found that some of the horses that were...

Owner of Creswell horse center arrested, 61 horses seized

Nov. 1, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) — A total of 61 horses were removed Wednesday from DeLeonardo Training Center in Creswell. The Register-Guard reports property owner Gwenyth Davies was arrested and cited in lieu of custody for second-degree animal neglect. The Lane County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to the...

Sheriff: Severely neglected horses removed from property

Oct. 30, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say several severely neglected horses have been removed from a property south of Eugene. The Lane County Sheriff's Office says the horses were removed Wednesday by county Animal Services and other community partners from the property near Creswell. The sheriff's office...

Bear attacks trainer at Russian circus show

Oct. 25, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Officials have opened a criminal investigation after a circus bear attacked and injured its trainer during a performance in northern Russia. Video of the Thursday attack in Olonets, a town 180 kilometers (110 miles) northeast of St. Petersburg, shows the bear pushing a wheelbarrow while...

Missouri man accused of mutilating cat at restaurant

Oct. 23, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man accused of mutilating a cat in a fast-food restaurant restroom is facing animal abuse and property damage charges. WDAF-TV reports that court documents show 19-year-old Tanner Maggard had worked at an Arby's in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit but was fired in...

Charge dismissed against officer in K-9 partner's death

Oct. 17, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer has avoided conviction in the death of his K-9 partner. Florida Today reports that Brevard County Judge Kelly Ingram dismissed a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge against Sebastian police officer Eric Antosia on Thursday before a jury could render a verdict,...

Officials: Florida man stole car, left disabled dog to die

Oct. 10, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have accused a man of stealing a car with a disabled dog inside and leaving the pet in the station wagon to die in the Florida heat. Wilton Manors Police on Wednesday arrested 19-year-old Jephthe Jean Francois on 15 charges including grand theft auto and animal...