Latest Animal cruelty News

Man jailed for allegedly beating puppy into a coma

Jul. 15, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man is charged with felony animal abuse for allegedly beating a puppy into a coma with a hockey stick. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 33-year-old Cartez Spriggs of Riverview was charged Friday. He does not yet have a listed attorney. Charging documents say...

Iguana thrown in restaurant incident reunited with owner

Jul. 12, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An iguana that a man allegedly used as a weapon has been reunited with its rightful owner. Painesville police say the iguana rejoined Jordan Piert and her family on Friday. The iguana had gotten away from the family last year while they were moving to Virginia. The lizard was in...

Woman cleared in baby death gets 6-8 years for other charges

Jul. 11, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who lived in a squalid home where authorities found the remains of three babies was sentenced Thursday to six to eight years behind bars for child assault and battery and animal cruelty convictions. Erika Murray will get credit for nearly five years she has...

Police: Man throws kitten from moving vehicle on Long Island

Jul. 4, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested on Long Island after throwing a kitten from a moving vehicle, killing the animal. Hector Herrera Castillo was booked Thursday with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. Sgt. Michael Joyce of the Southampton Town Police Department said the...

Rights group accuses dairy farmers of animal cruelty _ again

Jun. 28, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

Nearly a decade ago, animal rights activists targeted a Pennsylvania dairy farm over its treatment of livestock. The effort fell flat. Now they're back, launching a new round of allegations against the same family-run operation that milks hundreds of cows. A PETA operative gained employment at Reitz Dairy Farm...

Lawmaker removed from committee after shooting squirrel

Jun. 28, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawmaker who shot a squirrel in his yard and shared a graphic photo of it on Twitter lost his seat on a legislative committee Friday. Deerfield Republican Rep. Jim Spillane shared a photo of the animal's bloody carcass on May 26 in response to a vegan animal rights...

Bond set for parents in New Mexico child, animal abuse case

Jun. 26, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico couple arrested in an abuse case marked by allegations of child beatings and tortured pets can be released on bond, a magistrate judge ruled Wednesday. Martha and Timothy Crouch made initial court appearances Wednesday, two days after their arrests in Aztec — a...

Sheriff: Mom abused her children, boiled puppies to death

Jun. 25, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities said in New Mexico, the latest place where the woman and her husband have been the subject of complaints. Martha Crouch and her husband Timothy of...

Woman pleads not guilty to dumping puppies in trash

Jun. 19, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman authorities say was caught on surveillance video dumping a bag of 3-day-old puppies into a trash can has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty. The Desert Sun of Palm Springs says Deborah Culwell appeared in a Riverside court Tuesday. Culwell lives in...

Wayne Newton tells Vegas jury he fired shot as burglars fled

Jun. 18, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Longtime Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton told a Nevada jury on Tuesday that he fired a gunshot to scare away two burglars that he and his wife and their teenage daughter encountered during a second burglary in 10 days at their home a year ago. "My wife was in hysterics and crying,"...