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North Carolina man accused of beating puppy with shovel

Jan. 17, 2019 5:48 PM EST

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man who they say beat a puppy to death with a shovel. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a citizen called to say they witnessed the incident on Jan. 9. After an investigation, deputies arrested 49-year-old...

Wisconsin man faces felony in stabbing friend's pet rat

Jan. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is charged with a felony after police say he stabbed a friend's pet rat. The State Journal reports 27-year-old Anthony Washington Jr. of Madison was charged Tuesday with animal mistreatment for last month's incident. Police say Washington described it as an "execution"...

3 charged after neglected horses removed from Florida farm

Jan. 14, 2019 5:27 PM EST

LAKE BUTLER, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been arrested after more than 50 horses showing signs of neglect were removed from a Florida farm. Three other horses did not survive. A Union County Sheriff's Office news release says the farm's owners, 67-year-old Cheryl Ervin and 58-year-old Richard Ervin, were...

Spanish police arrest 182 people attending cockfight

Jan. 14, 2019 11:55 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 182 people alleged to have participated in a cockfight in southern Spain. The arrests took place on Saturday in the southeastern region of Murcia, when police raided the clandestine event that organizers called a national championship of cockfighting....

Man says he accidentally killed girl's puppy with pellet gun

Jan. 10, 2019 5:04 AM EST

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man says he accidentally killed an 8-year-old girl's puppy when the dog wandered into the path of his pellet gun. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports 19-year-old Johansen Concepcion De La Ros pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Wednesday. Authorities say Concepcion De La...

Potbellied pig found beheaded, bound near Philadelphia park

Jan. 7, 2019 3:42 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A potbellied pig was found bound and beheaded in a Philadelphia park and animal welfare officials are seeking the public's help. A dog crate with the pig's remains was found Monday morning near Pennypack Park in northwest Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of...

Woman charged with fatally shooting 6 puppies

Dec. 29, 2018 5:47 PM EST

MIDDLEBROOK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman is charged with fatally shooting six puppies and discarding their remains over an embankment. News outlets report that the Augusta County Sheriff's Office charged 39-year-old Betty G. Hemp, of Middlebrook, with six counts of felony animal cruelty and six misdemeanor...

Correction: Florida bear abuse story

Dec. 20, 2018 12:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Dec. 19 about abuse of black bears in Florida, The Associated Press reported erroneously that authorities charged nine men with setting out bait for black bears, then steering them toward packs of dogs that chased and mauled them. Florida authorities have charged seven...

9 men charged with baiting, abusing black bears in Florida

Dec. 19, 2018 4:08 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have charged nine men with setting out bait for black bears, then steering them toward dogs that chased and mauled them. Attorney General Pam Bondi's office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the arrests Wednesday. Investigators...

California man accused of killing dog that peed on yard

Dec. 11, 2018 4:20 PM EST

TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California say a man accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a Chihuahua that peed on his lawn and car was arrested and faces animal cruelty charges. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that a woman contacted officials Saturday...