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3 men face over 1K counts each of sexually abusing animals

Aug. 20, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

MUNSON, Pa. (AP) — Three men face more than 1,400 counts each of sexually abusing animals at a Pennsylvania farm. Prosecutors said Monday that a teenage boy alerted state police to the abuse, which involved a variety of animals. On Saturday, police searched a property where the men live in Munson,...

17 dogs, 11 dog skulls found at Alabama dog-fighting ring

Aug. 20, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

MULGA, Ala. (AP) — More than a dozen dogs have been rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation where Alabama authorities found 11 dog skulls. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that deputies responding to a complaint Sunday morning were met by a juvenile carrying an injured dog...

Police: Florida man, 88, burns raccoon over eating mangoes

Aug. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) — An 88-year-old Florida man was arrested after police said he burned a trapped raccoon alive because the animal had eaten his mangoes. Ezra James told WKMG-TV in a story Saturday that he threw gasoline on the raccoon and lit a match. In addition to the mangoes, James says he was afraid...

Possible dog-fighting operation raided in northeast Kansas

Aug. 17, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

BENDENA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating a possible dog-fighting operation after 45 dogs were removed from a property in rural northeast Kansas. The agency said Friday it worked with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to gather evidence and the...

Florida man gets 270 days in jail for fatal dog beating

Aug. 9, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stomping and choking a Yorkshire Terrier and leaving the dog to die outside a supermarket. The Miami Herald reports 41-year-old Sigman Hernandez agreed Wednesday to spend 270 days in jail for the 2017 death of the dog, named Lily. He will also have to...

Man accused of leaving pit bull mix in cage at water's edge

Aug. 8, 2018 6:16 AM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man who is accused of leaving a young pit bull mix to drown in a cage at water's edge in a rising tide. Aaron Davis faces a court appearance Wednesday. The 36-year-old is charged with animal cruelty, attempting to cause death or serious injury to...

Dog of Patriots LB Jerod Mayo found dead, trainer charged

Aug. 6, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A 5-year-old English bulldog that belonged to New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and has been missing since June has been found dead inside the home of its trainer. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dog named Knox died in the custody of...

Ex-leader of state's GOP says he killed dog on God's command

Aug. 3, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the former head of South Carolina's Republican Party told them that he killed his mother's dog because God told him to and that he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. Todd Kincannon, 37, was arrested last week after he choked, stabbed, and mutilated his mother's...

Puppy found inside locker at Atlanta gym, owner charged

Aug. 2, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he locked his puppy in a locker at an Atlanta gym during a tour. WGCL-TV reports that a man hid his two-month old puppy in his gym bag before stashing it in a locker during his tour as a prospective member at an LA Fitness in the city's...

Police: Instagram cat-kicking video brings cruelty charge

Aug. 2, 2018 7:50 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of punting a cat across an Atlanta gas station parking lot has turned himself in. Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown tells news outlets that 22-year-old Jamari Davenport turned himself in Wednesday and has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. An Instagram...