Latest Animal cruelty News

Woman pleads guilty to abusing dog with missing legs

Jul. 1, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to abusing a mixed Dachshund-Chihuahua named Buddy. Lynette Victor, of Slidell, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and was sentenced to seven years in prison, which was suspended, according to a press release from District Attorney...

PETA alleges neglect by zoo from Netflix’s 'Tiger King'

Jun. 26, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating an Oklahoma zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” series after an animal rights group accused it of neglect. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent requests to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate Greater...

Animal cruelty tip leads to caged toddler, drugs, guns

Jun. 26, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) — Three people are facing a multitude of charges after police found a caged toddler in a filthy Tennessee mobile home that also contained dogs, rodents and snakes, authorities said Friday. Authorities went to the home Thursday after receiving an anonymous tip about possible animal...

Police: Suburban Des Moines man used dog to attack others

Jun. 26, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Police in suburban Des Moines have arrested a man they accuse of siccing a pit bull on people at a party before killing the dog himself after it turned on him. Juan Carlos Moreno Martinez, 33, of Ankeny, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with several counts of assault, animal...

Federal officials catch 178 at illegal Georgia cockfight

Jun. 23, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

MIDVILLE, Ga. (AP) — State and federal officials have raided another major cockfighting ring in Georgia. Federal officials say they found 178 people attending cockfights at an indoor arena near Midville on Saturday. All could face criminal charges related to animal fighting and gambling. U.S. Attorney...

Louisiana man accused of cruelty: letting cattle starve

Jun. 22, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

GILLIAM, La. (AP) — A Louisiana cattleman was arrested Monday on animal cruelty charges after more than 250 starving cattle were found on land he leased, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said in a news release. Tremecius Mondell Dixon, 49, of Shreveport, was arrested on four counts of aggravated cruelty...

Indiana wildlife center barred from taking in new animals

Jun. 18, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — An embattled wildlife center in southern Indiana that's being sued by the state for allegedly abusing exotic animals cannot take in new animals while that lawsuit is pending, a judge has ruled. The temporary restraining order approved Tuesday was sought by Indiana's attorney...

Woman accused of leaving 17 dogs without food, water

Jun. 16, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A woman has been accused of leaving 17 dogs in her care without food or water in an unclean environment, police in New Hampshire said. A total of 20 dogs and a bird were taken into custody by Hampton police on May 13. They were examined and treated by the New Hampshire Society for the...

Alaska woman out walking harassed 30 minutes by mama moose

Jun. 8, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman out for a walk with her dogs was repeatedly harassed by a mother moose and left with bruises and a torn shirt after the moose kicked her in the chest during one of its charges. Donna Rodgers, 82, said her ordeal with a “huge angry mama moose” with two...

Reward offered in shooting death of dog found in river

Jun. 5, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An animal welfare organization is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a dog in the head and left the body in a Narragansett river. Narragansett police in a Facebook post Thursday said the black, terrier-type dog was...