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'Worst nightmare': 20-plus cats die in Florida shelter fire

Sep. 16, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 20 cats were killed when a fire broke out at an Orlando animal shelter, officials said. Orange County Fire Rescue found flames “through the roof" when they arrived at the center shortly after 10:21 p.m. Wednesday, the agency said on...

Pandemic love story: The whims of Kevin, our neighbors' cat

Sep. 09, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — His name is Kevin. Kevin, with gray, black and white tiger stripes, his furry underbelly white, his eyes bright yellow. “What’s the name of your cat?” we asked our neighbors. “Kevin.” “Kevin?” Yes. A random and...

Ex-UK Marine leaves Kabul with dogs, cats but no local staff

Aug. 29, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former U.K. Royal Marine who waged a high-profile campaign to leave Afghanistan with almost 200 rescued dogs and cats has flown to safety — with the animals, but without his charity’s Afghan staff, who were left behind in Kabul. A privately funded...

Kentucky teen spends birthdays caring for homeless animals

Aug. 22, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Lyon County teenager celebrates her birthday a little differently than most, and she’s been doing it for half her life. Gracelyn Knoth Taylor recently turned 14, and when she was 7, she told her family and friends she didn’t want gifts from them on her birthday. ...

56 cats removed from Delaware home, neglect charges filed

Aug. 21, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware women have been arrested on animal cruelty charges after authorities found 56 cats living in an unkempt home, officials announced Friday. Animal-control officers visited a home in Middletown Tuesday after receiving a complaint. They...

North Carolina woman accused of starving animals; 19 died

Aug. 17, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

BOLIVIA, N.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s office has filed charges against a North Carolina woman who they say abandoned and starved animals at her home, leading to 19 deaths in which some of them weren’t properly buried. Laralee Gene Milligan Williams, 42, of Shallotte,...

UK man sentenced to 5 years for string of cat killings

Jul. 30, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A former security guard who knifed nine cats to death in night-time attacks in the English seaside city of Brighton was sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison. Steve Bouquet, 54, was convicted of attacking 16 cats, nine of them fatally, between...

Dozens of neglected animals surrendered at Maine farm

Jul. 28, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine said the caretaker of a farm that was home to dozens of neglected animals has surrendered custody of most of them to the state. The animals were seized from the Sanford farm on July 14. Officials said a woman rescued the...

Pet rescuer gets jail for starving cats in Miami apartment

Jul. 20, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A self-styled pet rescuer has been sentenced to 364 days in jail for animal cruelty after hoarding cats and allowing them to starve inside her apartment in South Florida. Cheryn Smilen, 56, pleaded guilty and will now be banned from owning or trying to...

Cat from collapsed building found alive, returned to family

Jul. 09, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Binx the cat, who had lived on the ninth floor of the South Florida condo building that collapsed last month, has been found safe and returned to its family, officials said Friday. Gina Nicole Vlasek, co-founder of The Kitty Campus, posted on...