Latest Animal cruelty News

Fisherman gets 10 days for dragging live shark behind boat

Sep. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida fisherman will spend five weekends in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty for dragging a live shark by the tail from a boat. The Bradenton Herald reports that Robert Benac III will also pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal...

France bans shows by ailing bear following abuse complaints

Sep. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have banned the owners of a sick bear from displaying the animal in public shows after an inspection found that it suffered from severe health problems and was being held under poor conditions. Friday's rare move by the Environment Ministry followed complaints by animal...

Georgia sheriff: 43 dogs saved, 2 arrested in Maltipoo mill

Sep. 12, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says deputies shut down a puppy mill, removing a dead puppy and 43 dogs, some with severe injuries, from a home with "deplorable conditions." The dogs were a mix of poodles and Maltese, and Maltipoo puppies. Monroe County Animal Shelter Director Dawn Kennedy says seven...

Man charged with stabbing, then strangling girlfriend's dog

Sep. 10, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend's dog, then strangling the animal to death after getting into a vehicle to take it to a veterinarian. Mark Michael Jones Jr., of Columbia, is jailed on $10,000 bond after he was charged last week with a felony count of animal...

St. Louis man charged with stabbing neighbor's dog 7 times

Sep. 10, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis area man has been charged with stabbing his neighbor's border collie seven times with a pocket knife in an attack that left the dog so severely injured that it had to be euthanized. John Conrad Ross III, 59, of Crestwood, was charged Monday in St. Louis County with unlawful use...

Animal welfare workers seize 55 dogs, puppies from home

Sep. 5, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say 55 dogs and puppies were rescued from a Pennsylvania home after they received a call about unsanitary conditions there. The officers removed 22 cane corsos, 16 French bulldogs, 13 border collies, three Pomeranian-husky mixes and a Doberman pinscher from...

Wildlife officials kill cougar that had threatened jogger

Sep. 4, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Four days after a cougar chased a jogger in an Oregon forest, state and federal wildlife officials on Wednesday tracked down and killed a mountain lion believed to be the same animal. The runner's frightening encounter with the cougar occurred Saturday in the Dunn Forest, a research...

Police say Rhode Island man froze kitten, assaulted woman

Sep. 4, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Police say a Rhode Island man put a wet kitten inside a freezer and then used a pellet gun to shoot a friend who tried to rescue the cat. Police charged 31-year-old Shane Hall, of Woonsocket (wuhn-SAH'-kit), with assault and battery and unnecessary cruelty to animals. A woman went...

Police: Man baited wildlife with peanut butter, razors

Sep. 1, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man police say stuck razor blades in peanut butter he smeared on a tree in a public park to attract wildlife is facing animal cruelty charges. Authorities say 65-year-old Brian McGrath, of Falmouth, was arrested Saturday following a joint investigation by town and...

Today in History

Aug. 24, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well...