Latest Animal welfare News

Manure spill kills threatened steelhead in Washington creek

Dec. 7, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — U.S. officials have fined a northwestern Washington farmer $6,750 after a manure spill killed threatened steelhead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this week announced the fine against Harold Carbee of Bellingham. Officials said a hose broke in May and...

SPCA: Cat dies after being found shot with arrow near store

Dec. 7, 2019 11:13 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities in Pennsylvania are asking for help from the public in finding a person responsible for apparently shooting a cat with an arrow and leaving the animal to die in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the animal was...

4 charged in NY dogfighting ring; 29 dogs are seized

Dec. 6, 2019 9:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An Upper Manhattan building superintendent, a veterinary worker and two other men have been charged with running a dogfighting ring after authorities said an identity theft investigation yielded an animal-abuse case. Investigators seized 29 pit bulls and other dogs this fall from cages, a...

Pork industry sues over California law on animal confinement

Dec. 6, 2019 6:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pork industry is challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved California measure that will prohibit the sale of meat products from hogs born to sows confined in spaces that don’t meet new minimum size requirements. A lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Diego federal...

Alabama animal control officer charged with animal cruelty

Dec. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An animal control officer accused of abusing animals was arrested Friday on a charge of animal cruelty, police said. Christopher Dressel surrendered to authorities days after he was fired from the city animal shelter. The dismissal occurred last month after the Alabama State Port...

Man who left caged dog to drown convicted on cruelty count

Dec. 6, 2019 8:31 AM EST

A man accused of leaving a young pit bull mix to drown in a cage at water's edge in a rising tide last year has been convicted of animal cruelty. Aaron Davis, 35, of Long Branch, will face up to 18 months in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 14, after a Monmouth County jury convicted him on Thursday. A person...

Hundreds of Yellowstone bison to be culled this winter

Dec. 4, 2019 10:02 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — National park officials in Wyoming have announced plans for the selective slaughter of between 600 and 900 Yellowstone bison this winter to help manage population numbers. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that the officials expect most of the animals to be taken by...

Oregon Zoo breeds rare silverspot butterfly in captivity

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Conservationists have successfully bred the extremely rare Oregon silverspot butterfly in captivity, a potential breakthrough for saving a species that once was found in coastal regions from California to British Columbia but is now reduced to five isolated populations, the Oregon Zoo...

Arizona officials vote to ban animals from county facilities

Dec. 4, 2019 5:25 PM EST

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in Arizona have voted to ban animals other than service animals from county facilities. The Kingman Daily Miner reported the Mohave County Board of Supervisors passed the new rule at its meeting Monday. Officials say the ban was prompted by encounters with disruptive...

Minnesota put on notice over incidental trapping of lynx

Dec. 4, 2019 4:37 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An environmental group has put the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on notice that it plans to sue the agency for failing to protect Canada lynx from trappers. The Center for Biological Diversity filed a 60-day notice on Wednesday as required by federal law before it can...