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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Maldonado-Passage, a former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor has been sentenced in a murder-for-hire plot. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Maldonado-Passage, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, for his role in the failed plot and for violating federal wildlife laws. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File)

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Jan. 22, 2020 5:49 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — who...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21 photo, a malnourished lion rests in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan. With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or were evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions. (AP Photo)

Images of starving lions in Sudan zoo spark global concern

Jan. 22, 2020 8:06 AM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park's few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water. The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Abel Cedillo rides Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, Dr. Larry Bramlage identified six suggested improvements aimed at refining safety and evaluation protocols for future events. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders' Cup fatality

Jan. 15, 2020 6:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued...

Third horse rescued in Kentucky where 20 others were killed

Jan. 13, 2020 8:55 PM EST

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A third horse has been rescued from a strip mine site in Kentucky where 20 horses were found fatally shot. The filly was captured by Dumas Rescue on Saturday and taken to the Kentucky Humane Society, news outlets reported. The horse is believed to be the daughter of the pregnant...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 photo, newly acquired miniature horses run in their paddock at Nexus Equine in Edmond, Okla. In partnership with a pilot program run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Nexus Equine works to rescue horses and re-home them, providing care and training before the horses are adopted out. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma program offers rescue for horses, other equine

Jan. 12, 2020 9:49 AM EST

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — When Ken Friend learned a job transfer meant moving his family to California from the small farm they’d been living on in rural Oklahoma, he knew he’d have to find new homes for his animals. In addition to the four dogs Friend had adopted over the 14 years he and his wife...

Kentucky Humane Society sees spike in cat adoptions

Jan. 7, 2020 4:45 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Humane Society had its largest adoption year on record with about 6,902 animal adoptions in 2019. The Humane Society said it was the first year that cat adoptions outnumbered dogs. In total, 3,424 cats found new homes compared to 3,398 dogs. Adoption officials said cat...

Judge: 'Filthy' zoo must give up animals; Zoo appeals

Dec. 31, 2019 3:36 PM EST

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland zoo where five endangered animals died was ordered by a judge to send its remaining big cats to a sanctuary. Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland has seen two tigers, a lion and a lemur die within a three-year span. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...

In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 photo, students dissect a synthetic frog from Syndaver Labs at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla. The school is the first in the world to try out the new technology. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Fake frogs in school dissections eliminate gross-out-factor

Dec. 31, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — It's a rite of passage in schools across the U.S.: frog dissection. Sometimes it happens in middle school, sometimes in high school. Feelings about the lesson are generally summed up in one word: gross. The frogs are slimy and greenish-grey, and they stink because they're...