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'Overwhelmed': Cops combat violent crime as ranks dwindle

Aug. 08, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five years after Brian Spaulding’s parents found him fatally shot in the home he shared with roommates, his slaying remains a mystery that seems increasingly unlikely to be solved as Portland, Oregon, police confront a spike in killings and more than 100 officer vacancies....

143 roosters euthanized after California cockfighting bust

Aug. 08, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities broke up a large cockfighting event over the weekend and said they were forced to euthanize nearly 150 roosters found at a Southern California home, animal control and sheriff's department officials said. Deputies late Friday discovered about...

'We're triaging': Cops combat violent crime as ranks dwindle

Aug. 08, 2022 01:23 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five years after Brian Spaulding’s parents found him fatally shot, his slaying remains a mystery that seems increasingly unlikely to be solved as Portland, Oregon, police confront a spike in killings and more than 100 officer vacancies. Portland’s homicide...

Dog left on balcony in extreme heat dies, owner charged

Jul. 29, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — A Sedro-Woolley woman was arrested after she allegedly left her family’s dog on a balcony without water or shade during dangerous high temperatures, resulting in the dog’s death. A police animal control officer responded to calls from concerned...

Cruelty charges: Trooper hit loose horse with patrol vehicle

Jul. 22, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper has been charged with felony animal cruelty after hitting a loose horse with a patrol vehicle multiple times and pinning it to the pavement, where it was then euthanized, authorities said Friday. Cpl. Michael Perillo was suspended...

Rescued Oklahoma tigers get care in California and new home

Jul. 15, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two neglected tigers rescued from a long-shuttered roadside tourist attraction in Oklahoma are beginning new lives more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away at California’s Oakland Zoo after receiving much-needed medical treatment. The female tigers,...

Police haul off big cats, other animals after sanctuary raid

Jul. 06, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday started hauling away 177 lions, tigers, jaguars and other exotic big cats that were found at an animal rescue center in the mountains on Mexico City’s south side. The federal Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection...

School shooter's use of swastikas is focus of court fight

Jul. 06, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors and attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz battled Wednesday over whether jurors at his upcoming penalty trial should learn about the swastikas carved on his gun's magazine, his racist, homophobic and threatening online posts, his computer...

Rabbit rescue president charged with animal cruelty

Jul. 05, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

SAVAGE, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged the president of a Savage-based rabbit rescue nonprofit with animal cruelty and torture after police discovered nearly 50 dead rabbits in a barn. The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that police arrived at the barn on June 27 to...

Activists protest over Spain's San Fermin bull-run festival

Jul. 05, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Dozens of animal rights activists dressed as dinosaurs were chased by fellow activists through the streets of the Spanish city of Pamplona on Tuesday to protest alleged animal cruelty in the world famous San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival. In the...