Latest Animal welfare News

2 from rescue group plead guilty over cats left in trailer

Feb. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EST

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Two women who ran an Ohio animal rescue operation have pleaded guilty to charges related to the abandonment of more than 20 cats in a trailer that was then tied shut. They were charged in August after the Licking County Humane Society took custody of the cats left behind by the women's...

Ambitious new plan to save Atlantic salmon has big price tag

Feb. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government outlined an ambitious, potentially costly new plan to restore Atlantic salmon in the United States, where rivers teemed with the fish before dams, pollution and overfishing decimated their populations. The Atlantic salmon has declined in the U.S. to the point...

Shelter: Recovery may not be option for dog set on fire

Feb. 14, 2019 7:16 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials at a Virginia animal shelter say "recovery may not be an option" for a dog found set on fire. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Richmond Animal Care and Control announced Wednesday its treatment plans are changing for the male brindle pit bull named Tommie. The shelter says...

Police: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

Feb. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger. They called the city on Monday and the major offender animal cruelty unit and animal shelter volunteers arrived on the scene. Authorities nicknamed the tiger "Tyson" after the movie "The...

California loses border wall challenge at appeals court

Feb. 12, 2019 5:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration did not exceed its powers by waiving environmental rules to speed up construction of prototypes and replacement of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected arguments by the state of...

Virginia animal shelter seeks suspect after dog set on fire

Feb. 11, 2019 4:30 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials at a Virginia animal shelter say a dog was set on fire at a city park and suffered burns to over 40 percent of its body. Richmond Animal Care and Control says in a Facebook post that the male brindle pit bull was tied to a pole in a city park, covered in accelerant and set on...

Desert attraction temporarily closes after 4 dolphin deaths

Feb. 7, 2019 7:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Dolphinaris Arizona opened in the metro Phoenix desert two years ago as marine parks elsewhere were scaling back exhibits amid criticism of the treatment of animals. Animal rights advocates took aim at Dolphinaris as well, saying that putting dolphins in pools on tribal land in the desert...

Iowa man pleads guilty after Chihuahua found in trash

Feb. 6, 2019 7:00 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to animal neglect and abandonment after being accused of throwing a 2-year-old Chihuahua named Oscar into a trash bin. The Des Moines Register reports 35-year-old Derrick Peterson pleaded guilty Jan. 23 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, with 55...

Arizona facility temporarily closing after 4th dolphin death

Feb. 5, 2019 9:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — After the death of a fourth dolphin, a Phoenix-area aquatic facility announced Tuesday that it will temporarily close for a reevaluation by an outside panel of experts. Officials with Dolphinaris Arizona said the voluntary closure will start Friday and there isn't an immediate timetable for...

Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant

Jan. 31, 2019 5:20 AM EST

HADERA, Israel (AP) — A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean...