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Pregnant cows fatally shot on Charlotte radio host's farm

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina's Union County are conducting an animal-cruelty investigation involving the deaths of four pregnant Black Angus cows on a Charlotte radio host's farm, the Union County Sheriff's Office announced in a Facebook post on Thursday. John Isley, owner of the land...

Police: 4 people charged after 2 goats found killed

Aug. 13, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Four people have been charged after two goats were fatally attacked by dogs and someone wielding a spiked bat and what appeared to be a machete, authorities in Virginia said. The charges were filed in Spotsylvania County, The Free Lance-Star reported Monday. Sheriff’s Capt....

Dozens of cats, dogs seized from Portland rescue facility

Aug. 12, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly 120 cats and dogs were seized from a Portland animal rescue and boarding facility Tuesday, officials say. Authorities served a search warrant at Woofin Palooza’s 82nd Avenue facility after receiving complaints alleging possible animal abuse or neglect, The...

FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. The family of Don Lewis, a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case. Attorney John Phillips held a news conference Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 and announced the investigation into Don Lewis’ disappearance.  (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Money offered for info on former ‘Tiger King’ star husband

Aug. 10, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The family of a Florida man who disappeared in 1997 and who appeared on the hit TV series “Tiger King,” has hired a lawyer and is offering $100,000 in exchange for information to help solve the case. Attorney John Phillips held a news conference in Tampa Monday and...

Animal rights group: Feds should probe cockfighting breeders

Aug. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An animal rights group is calling for a tougher enforcement of cockfighting breeders, alleging some in Kentucky are illegally shipping birds overseas. The group Animal Wellness Action held an online news briefing Thursday alongside Chris Gorman, a former Kentucky attorney general,...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, a coyote runs on the sidewalk in midtown Sacramento, Calif. Animal control officers in northern California have determined that a growing population of urban coyotes is likely the culprit behind multiple discoveries of mutilated animal corpses. Residents in Sacramento started reporting sightings of dead cats over the past few weeks, the Sacramento Bee reported Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Xavier Mascarenas/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

Urban coyotes likely behind mutilated animals in Sacramento

Aug. 6, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal control officers in northern California have determined that a growing population of urban coyotes is likely the culprit behind multiple discoveries of mutilated animal corpses. Residents in Sacramento started reporting sightings of dead cats over the past few weeks, the...

Thousand of roosters found at suspected cockfighting site

Aug. 4, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

CHATSWORTH, Calif. (AP) — Up to 3,000 roosters were found and several people were arrested in southern California at a suspected cockfighting operation near Chatsworth, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said investigators with the department's Community Partnerships...

FILE - In this May 17, 2020, file photo, Greyhounds compete in a race at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque, Iowa. U.S. Reps. Tony Cardenas, D-California., and Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, have introduced legislation Wednesday, July 29, 2020, that would ban greyhound racing in the U.S. The bill comes after a group that has fought against dog racing said it has videos showing racing greyhounds being trained with live rabbits in at least three Midwestern states. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP, File)

Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits

Jul. 29, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Two U.S. representatives introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban greyhound racing nationwide, after an advocacy group released videos showing greyhounds being trained by chasing, mauling and killing live rabbits in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, a practice that is prohibited by the...

Maryland woman sentenced after 27 dead dogs found at home

Jul. 29, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

WESTMINISTER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman was sentenced to prison for animal cruelty charges after 27 dogs were found dead, and another 27 were discovered in poor condition, inside a home she rented with her husband. Laura Filler was sentenced to 33 years Tuesday, with all but seven years suspended, the...

Authorities charge man after south Georgia shooting, chase

Jul. 27, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Ga. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged with crimes including aggravated assault following a police chase in south Georgia last week. The Valdosta Daily Times reports William “Billy” Welland has also been charged with two counts of home invasion, two counts of theft by taking,...