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In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, newly acquired miniature horses run in their paddock at Nexus Equine in Edmond, Okla. In partnership with a pilot program run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Nexus Equine works to rescue horses and re-home them, providing care and training before the horses are adopted out. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma program offers rescue for horses, other equine

Jan. 12, 2020 9:49 AM EST

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — When Ken Friend learned a job transfer meant moving his family to California from the small farm they’d been living on in rural Oklahoma, he knew he’d have to find new homes for his animals. In addition to the four dogs Friend had adopted over the 14 years he and his wife...

This Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control in Chicago shows an injured coyote after it was successfuly located and safely darted with a tranquilizer. A Chicago animal control official says DNA tests to determine if the coyote captured on the city's North Side is the animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy will take weeks to complete. Jenny Schlueter of the Chicago Animal Care and Control says the coyote that was captured Thursday night will be held at an animal rehabilitation center until the tests are completed. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

Official: DNA test to determine if coyote bit Chicago child

Jan. 10, 2020 5:05 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — DNA tests to determine if a coyote captured on Chicago's North Side is the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy will take weeks to complete, a city animal control official said Friday. Jenny Schlueter of the Chicago Animal Care and Control said the coyote that was captured Thursday...

2 charged in videotaped kicking of wounded whitetail deer

Jan. 10, 2020 2:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two people accused of repeatedly kicking a wounded deer in the head and pulling off its antler were charged Friday with aggravated cruelty to animals and other offenses. The Pennsylvania Game Commission filed charges against Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old, for...

A Chicago police officer and a Chicago Animal Care and Control worker carry a coyote out in a green bag after tranquilizing the animal behind a home on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.   Authorities on the hunt for coyotes in downtown Chicago after two reported attacks, including one where passersby said they had to pull a wild canine off of a 6-year-old boy who was bitten in the head, captured one animal Thursday night on the city's North Side.(Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago coyote captured after 2 suspected attacks reported

Jan. 10, 2020 9:06 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities on the hunt for coyotes in downtown Chicago after two reported attacks, including one where passersby said they had to pull a wild canine off of a 6-year-old boy who was bitten in the head, captured one animal Thursday night on the city's North Side. The reported attacks come...

Horses at ranch strengthen inmates who are facing release

Jan. 7, 2020 2:16 PM EST

RICHMOND, Mass. (AP) — Spirit is waiting for them at the end of the trail. But, this time, with the other horses in tow, they are not anxious. The medicine hat paint horse with blue "glass" eyes is the most spiritual to the Blackfeet Nation. Yet, to the four inmates trying to work with him — and...

Jordi Casamitjana leaves an Employment Tribunal after it ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by law, outside the court in Norwich, England, Friday Jan. 3, 2020. Casamitjana claims he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports after raising concerns that its pension fund was being invested into companies involved in animal testing. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)

Big win for 'ethical vegans' in UK work tribunal

Jan. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British workers who practice “ethical veganism” to protect animals secured a big win in an employment tribunal when a judge ruled Friday that they are entitled to legal protection from job discrimination. The judge said that because ethical veganism is a philosophical belief,...

6 more horses found shot to death in eastern Kentucky

Dec. 23, 2019 3:00 AM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Six more horses have been found fatally shot near a strip mine site in eastern Kentucky, according to authorities. Animal rescue group Dumas Rescue says the six horses appear to have been killed during the same shooting that killed at least 15 other horses along U.S. 23 near the...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014, file photo, an outrider waits by the track as horses train for the Breeders' Cup horse races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. An investigation into numerous horse deaths at Santa Anita Park found no criminal wrongdoing but produced a list of recommendations for improving safety at all California racetracks, the Los Angeles County district attorney said in a report Thursday Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Prosecutor finds no crime in Santa Anita horse racing deaths

Dec. 19, 2019 4:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California prosecutors found no evidence of animal cruelty or other crimes during an investigation into a spike in horse deaths at Santa Anita Park racetrack over the past year, according to a report issued Thursday. A task force formed by the Los Angeles district attorney found the 49...

FILE - in this undated file photo provided by the Newton County Sheriff's Office in Kentland, Ind., shows Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez. Gardozo-Vasquez, accused of abusing calves on a large northwestern Indiana farm has been sentenced to one year on probation after a felony charge was dropped, court records show. Gardozo-Vasquez is one of three former employees of popular agritourism destination Fair Oaks Farms that has been charged with a misdemeanor for animal cruelty following the release of undercover video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves. (Newton County Sheriff's Office via AP File)

Ex-Indiana farm worker gets probation for abusing calves

Dec. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EST

KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A man accused of abusing calves on a large northwestern Indiana farm has been sentenced to a year of probation after a felony charge was dropped. Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, is one of three former employees of popular agritourism destination Fair Oaks Farms charged with a misdemeanor...

Hundreds may face arrest after Georgia cockfighting bust

Dec. 18, 2019 1:04 PM EST

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials are looking for more than 200 suspects after a “chaotic” bust of a giant cockfighting tournament over the weekend. More than 30 people have been arrested following the Saturday bust at a property northwest of Augusta, Lincoln County sheriff's Maj....