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Looking to declaw your cat? Don't look in New York anymore

Jul. 22, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats Monday, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities that already prohibit a procedure animal advocates call cruel and unnecessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the New...

Watermelons to replace piglets in California fair event

Jul. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair. The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare....

Moose numbers are dwindling, but why?

Jul. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Moose are one of the West's most majestic animals and a once-in-a-lifetime hunting opportunity. But Idaho moose are under threat. In February, Idaho Fish and Game drastically cut the number of moose tags because of population declines across the state. In 2019-2020 there will be only...

2 horses killed at Del Mar in collision during training

Jul. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season. The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch, trained by Carla Gaines, threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley, who was trained by...

Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks

Jul. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts citizen's group is calling for eliminating federal protections for seals as Cape Cod officials seek ways to protect beachgoers from great white sharks. Peter Howell, a founder of the Seal Action Committee, says the Nantucket-based group wants Congress to amend the federal...

Cat with firecrackers strapped to paw has leg amputated

Jul. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An animal rescue group in Pittsburgh says someone strapped firecrackers to a cat's front left paw with rubber bands and set them off, causing such severe injuries the animal's leg had to be amputated. Humane Animal Rescue says on its Facebook page that two good Samaritans brought the cat...

Dog stranded on steep hillside for days rescued

Jul. 16, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CANBY, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Humane Society says a dog that had been stranded on a steep hillside south of Portland for about a week has been rescued. The Human Society says neighbors in the Canby area called them Monday with reports of hearing an animal in distress. The Humane Society Technical Animal...

Oprah Winfrey visits Maui Humane Society following wildfire

Jul. 14, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Oprah Winfrey surprised the Maui Humane Society with a visit to thank the organization for evacuating animals during a wildfire, a report said. Winfrey is a part-time Maui resident who visited the society briefly Saturday, thanking a volunteer and taking a photo outside with the...

Pamplona festival ends with 3 gorings in final bull run

Jul. 14, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during Sunday's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, health officials from the northern Spanish city of Pamplona said. That took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that provide a...

Environmental groups decry bid to reopen troubled mega-dairy

Jul. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The new owner of a troubled mega-dairy operation that violated hundreds of environmental rules wants to reopen the facility, drawing fresh opposition from environmental groups. Washington-state based Easterday Farms requested permission from the Oregon Department of Agriculture earlier...