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Man gets 24 years in prison for fire that killed 12 condors

May. 19, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A man who started a 2020 wildfire that killed 12 endangered California condors and seriously injured a firefighter was sentenced to 24 years in state prison, prosecutors said. Ivan Gomez, 31, was sentenced Wednesday by a Monterey County judge for setting the...

California woman says dog defended her from mountain lion

May. 18, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

BIG BAR, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California says her dog jumped to her defense and was badly wounded in protecting her. “I don’t think I will ever be able to live up to how amazing and loyal she is to me,” Erin Wilson told the...

Hungary's military finds mission in life for abused dog

May. 14, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's military has found a new mission in life for a talented dog who was rescued from abusive owners, recruiting 2-year-old Logan to serve in counterterrorism operations for an elite bomb squad. The Belgian shepherd is undergoing intensive training as...

Sheriff: Florida woman shot dogs in their legs with BB gun

May. 12, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of shooting her dogs multiple times with a BB gun to keep them from escaping her yard, sheriff's officials said. The 37-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, Hernando County Sheriff's...

Man sentenced to 11 years for arson that damaged 14 homes

May. 11, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man charged with setting an arson fire in the southwest part of the state that damaged more than a dozen properties has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Michael Bakkela, 43, was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to first-degree arson,...

Greek man held on suspicion of kicking kitten into the sea

May. 02, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities on Monday arrested a man suspected of enticing a kitten with food at a restaurant where he was dining and then kicking it into the sea, the country's minister for the police said. Minister Takis Theodorikakos voiced shock at the incident,...

North Carolina authorities break up dog-fighting ring

Apr. 30, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — More than 30 dogs have been seized in a North Carolina city after law enforcement officers broke up a dog-fighting ring, authorities said. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement responded to a Gastonia address on Thursday to investigate a report of...

Police: Wallingford man abused puppy; snout was taped shut

Apr. 30, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

WALLINGFORD, CT. (AP) — A Wallingford man has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge after police said he was seen on video manhandling a Siberian husky puppy with its snout taped shut. The 27-year-old man was released on $50,000 bond after his arrest Friday. He's due in court...

Oregon wolf population flounders after poaching, car crashes

Apr. 20, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The growth of Oregon’s wolf population slowed significantly last year because 21 animals were poisoned by poachers, hit by cars or were killed by wildlife officials after they attacked livestock, state wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The 2021 census...

Woman arrested after pet remains found in vacant mobile home

Apr. 19, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — A woman faces animal cruelty charges after the remains of a cat, rabbit, bird and two turtles were found in her abandoned mobile home near Valparaiso. The woman was arrested Monday after the bodies of the animals were found March 17, The (Northwest Indiana)...