Latest Animal cruelty News

Nearly 170 neglected dogs seized from Iowa puppy mill

Nov. 12, 2018 2:06 PM EST

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Officials say nearly 170 dogs showing signs of neglect in filthy kennels have been seized from an overcrowded puppy mill in northern Iowa. A news release on the Worth County Sheriff's Office website says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took the animals...

Judge blocks feds' effort to shrink red wolf territory

Nov. 5, 2018 4:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities violated a federal law aimed at preserving endangered species by planning to shrink the territory of the only red wolves living in the wild, a federal judge ruled in blocking a move that environmentalists said would hasten the animal's demise. U.S. District Judge...

West Virginia man gets jail time for hanging dog with chain

Oct. 25, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to jail for hanging a pit bull from a tree near a set of railroad tracks in Charleston. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that 23-year-old John D. Copening Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to one to five years in jail, with an additional six...

Police: Man beats ex-wife, drowns Chihuahua in backyard pool

Oct. 19, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man drowned a disabled Chihuahua while fighting with his ex-wife by tossing the dog into a backyard swimming pool. Pembroke Pines police say 40-year-old Juan Manuel Gonzalez also grabbed the woman by the face and cut her lip Thursday night. Police say...

Arrest made in molestation of miniature horse in Delaware

Oct. 16, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

CAMDEN, Del. (AP) — Delaware State Police have charged a suspect in the sexual assault of a miniature horse and a subsequent burglary at the same barn several weeks later. Authorities said Tuesday that 45-year-old Adelio Guzman of Camden was released on $11,750 bond after surrendering Friday. Guzman is...

Police: Virginia dog kennel owners engaged in bestiality

Oct. 16, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a couple who owned a dog kennel engaged in bestiality caught on video. Citing a Monday release from Suffolk police, The Virginian-Pilot reports 42-year-old Christina Patterson was charged with multiple counts of bestiality and animal cruelty more than a year after...

Lawsuit: state trooper harassed man after Facebook complaint

Oct. 11, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MCKEE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has filed a federal lawsuit against three state police troopers who he says came to his home and harassed him after he complained about a traffic stop on social media. David Gabbard complained about the 2017 traffic stop on Facebook, saying he was "pulled over for no...

Los Angeles County OKs law putting limit on roosters

Sep. 25, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to limit the number of roosters that people can keep after thousands of birds were seized in a crackdown on illegal cockfighting. The ordinance will limit the number of roosters property owners can keep in unincorporated county areas based on...

Woman charged with leaving a Chihuahua to die in trash bin

Sep. 24, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman wrapped her small dog in a trash bag and left it to die in a trash bin behind an apartment complex. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that 41-year-old Shawkimo Anderson was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated animal...

Australia police arrest man accused of killing emus with car

Sep. 21, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man in Australia accused of deliberately killing several emus with his car and then posting a video of it online has been arrested, police announced Friday. Police in Victoria said the 20-year-old man faces several charges of animal cruelty, destruction of protected wildlife...