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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...

Trooper: Drunken Missouri man dragged horse behind his truck

Sep. 20, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a drunken southwestern Missouri man badly injured a horse by dragging it behind his pickup truck until he was stopped by angry witnesses. Sasha Martinez told KSPR that she, her daughter and a friend saw the horse tied to the pickup Saturday as it drove down the...

Teacher accused of feeding puppy to turtle to be tried

Sep. 16, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a live, sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students will be tried in his own community next month, a judge has ruled, dismissing an attempt by prosecutors to move the trial to another county. Prosecutors wanted to move the trial of...

Man charged with kicking cat like ball in Snapchat video

Sep. 14, 2018 9:30 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been charged with kicking a cat like a ball on a Kansas City high school football field in an act of apparent cruelty that was captured on video and posted to Snapchat. Johnathan Taylor, of Kansas City, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor animal abuse. Court...

Celtics' Jabari Bird taking a break after violence charges

Sep. 13, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird said he's taking a break from the team following charges that he choked and kicked his girlfriend and prevented her from leaving his apartment. In a statement Thursday, the 24-year-old Bird apologized to his teammates and fans for creating an "unnecessary...

Lawyer: South Dakota pet store owner not 'terrible person'

Sep. 7, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The attorney of a South Dakota pet store owner whose business was raided last month said Friday that his client doesn't abuse animals and isn't the "terrible person" people are portraying her to be. Attorney Timothy Rensch told The Associated Press that Marinda Parks, 38, was in the...

Woman charged with abandoning her blind and deaf dog

Sep. 7, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

TETERBORO, N.J. (AP) — A woman accused of abandoning her blind and deaf dog along a road said she planned to return, but authorities said they believe the woman deserted the animal because she could not pay for veterinary services. Tania Connelly, 59, is charged with animal cruelty and was issued a summons...

Family that survived Vegas attack says comfort dog was shot

Sep. 6, 2018 9:59 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state family that survived the mass shooting last year at a Las Vegas concert says a neighbor shot and killed the dog they got to deal with stress and anxiety from the attack. The neighbor was cited by police for recklessly firing a gun and declined to comment. The...