Latest Animal welfare News

Iowa top ag official proposes new companion animal rules

Sep. 19, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture proposed a new set of administrative rules Thursday that animal rights groups said could significantly improve the lives of dogs, cats and other companion animals in a state long regarded as among the worst for animal protection. Secretary of...

Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

Sep. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species is swimming in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

2 accused of stealing, freeing $95 cats from Alabama shelter

Sep. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say two people stole four cats from an Alabama shelter and freed nine other cats, each valued at $95. The Dothan Eagle reports 18-year-olds Sheleah Nalita Sheppard and Dylan Ryan Harvell were arrested Sunday and charged with third-degree theft. Dothan Police Lt. Lynn...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

Fisherman gets 10 days for dragging live shark behind boat

Sep. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida fisherman will spend five weekends in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty for dragging a live shark by the tail from a boat. The Bradenton Herald reports that Robert Benac III will also pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of service at an animal...

France bans shows by ailing bear following abuse complaints

Sep. 13, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have banned the owners of a sick bear from displaying the animal in public shows after an inspection found that it suffered from severe health problems and was being held under poor conditions. Friday's rare move by the Environment Ministry followed complaints by animal...

Over 100 dogs removed from filthy home near Pittsburgh

Sep. 12, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Animal welfare officers and emergency responders have removed over 100 dogs, ranging from puppies to elderly animals, from a filthy home near Pittsburgh where the owner had been hoarding them. Ross Township Police Chief Brain Kohlhepp says officers had to enter the home in hazmat suits...

Owner of dog that died in hot car given probation

Sep. 12, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The owner of a dog that died after being left in a hot car outside Lambeau Field has been ordered to volunteer at an animal shelter. Fifty-five-year-old Debbie Rohloff pleaded no contest to mistreating an animal causing death in Brown County Circuit Court Wednesday. Rohloff's golden...