Latest Animal cruelty News

Ky. woman charged, 63 dogs found in unsanitary conditions

Jan. 25, 2021 4:18 AM EST

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is facing animal cruelty charges after 63 dogs were found living in unsanitary conditions, police said. Donna Byard was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals after an animal control officer responded to a tip in Alvaton on Thursday, the Warren County...

Lawyer blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

Jan. 22, 2021 8:03 PM EST

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A defense lawyer says two Elko County men accused of trafficking drugs and conducting illegal cockfights feared for their lives and were only taking orders from higher-ups in a Mexican cartel that was running the operation in rural northeast Nevada. The trial in Elko County District Court...

Police investigate if man was grilling coyote or dog

Jan. 19, 2021 11:10 AM EST

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — Police are investigating whether a New York man was cooking a dog or a coyote on a grill outside a home. Officers responded to a complaint of animal cruelty on Jan. 13 and found a man cooking a canine outside a home in Rome, New York, the Rome police department said. The man cooperated...

New Mexico wildlife officer charged in decapitated cat case

Jan. 14, 2021 5:26 PM EST

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A wildlife officer in New Mexico has been arrested after police say he allegedly decapitated a 9-week-old gray kitten at his home in Bloomfield, authorities said. Jicarilla Apache Game & Fish employee Joseph Weaver, 40, was arrested on a fourth-degree felony charge of extreme...

Man sought in shooting arrested after escape from police

Jan. 9, 2021 9:37 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of escaping from police after being arrested in a shooting in north Alabama has been taken back into custody, authorities said. Mario Kellogg was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday, according to an announcement from Decatur police. Kellogg had been arrested three days...

New Jersey man gets prison for shooting neighbor's dog

Jan. 8, 2021 6:18 AM EST

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A judge sentenced a New Jersey man to five years in prison for shooting his neighbor's dog with an air rifle, causing the animal to be euthanized. The sentence was the result of a plea agreement with William Stroemel, 65, of Maple Shade, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office...

Alabama man arrested in double slaying in Mobile

Jan. 7, 2021 10:13 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been arrested in a double slaying in Mobile, police said. Jesse McClure, 51, was being held in the weekend killings of two men who were found shot to death inside a house on Sunday morning, according to a statement from the Mobile Police Department. McClure was...

Wildlife officials: 20 Florida panthers killed this year

Dec. 28, 2020 8:29 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At least 20 Florida panthers have died in 2020, a toll that appears to be on track to finish lower than in previous years. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that almost all of the panther deaths were caused by people. One panther was, however, killed by...

This photo provided by the Hamden, Conn., Police Department, shows Donna Scirocco, who turned herself in Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, because of an arrest warrant charging her with six counts of animal cruelty. Animal control officials from Hamden, several other towns and the state, executed a search warrant at Scirocco's home where they found 26 cats, six dogs, two caged squirrels a blind owl, two large rats, two dead cats and a dead woodchuck. She was detained on a $5,000 bond. (Hamden Police Department via AP)

Woman arrested after array of animals found in home

Dec. 16, 2020 2:11 PM EST

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has been arrested after authorities found three dead animals in her home and seized more than two dozen cats along with dogs, squirrels and an owl, police said Wednesday. Hamden police said Donna Scirocco turned herself in Tuesday because of an arrest warrant...

Veterinarian accused of cruelty after dog overheating death

Dec. 10, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut veterinarian was charged Thursday in connection with the death of a puppy who was left too long on a heating pad — his second arrest on animal cruelty charges, police said. Authorities said Amr Wasfi, who has run the Black Rock Animal Hospital in Bridgeport...