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NY Looks to Crack Down on Crooks Who Harm Pets

Killing an animal while committing a crime would bring additional jail time, penalty

(Newser) - New York is considering "Kirby and Quigley's Law," legislation that would make it a felony to harm a companion animal, even by accident, during the commission of a crime. Conviction would be punishable by a $5,000 fine and two years behind bars on top of the... More »

Humane Group Debunks Video Alleging Mistreated Movie Dog

Footage edited to be intentionally misleading, American Humane says

(Newser) - All that controversy over the treatment of a German shepherd in A Dog's Purpose? Bogus, says an independent investigation. There was no animal cruelty on the set, just a deliberately misleading video, declares American Humane, the group charged with ensuring animal safety on movie sets, per People . It commissioned... More »

A Dog's Purpose Producer: Here's What Really Happened

Producer admits fault, but says video is 'misleading'

(Newser) - A Dog's Purpose producer Gavin Polone has written an extensive column in the Hollywood Reporter offering some additional context to explain the disturbing videos that have surfaced from filming, causing the film's premiere to be canceled . The videos obtained by TMZ show a German Shepherd apparently terrified to... More »

A Dog's Purpose Premiere Canceled After Cruelty Outcry

Producer says he's horrified by video of terrified dog

(Newser) - The Hollywood premiere of A Dog's Purpose was canceled Thursday evening after the event was overshadowed by a disturbing video of a dog apparently being mistreated during filming . Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment said that because the investigation is ongoing, they decided to "cancel this weekend's premiere... More »

300K Plead for Closure of 'Soul-Destroying' Zoo

Bandung Zoo maintains its animals have enough to eat

(Newser) - Video shot at Indonesia's Bandung Zoo in May shows sun bears begging for food , their ribs visible, though the zoo says thin bears aren't necessarily unhealthy. Another bear was filmed apparently consuming its own feces in what one expert says may signal "extreme boredom"; Gabriella Fredriksson of... More »

Disturbing Video of Scared Dog on Movie Set Investigated

'A Dog's Purpose' handler seen forcing dog into water

(Newser) - The American Humane Association has launched an investigation and PETA is calling for a boycott over disturbing footage of a dog on the set of A Dog's Purpose. In a video released by TMZ, an apparently terrified German shepherd struggles as a handler forces it into churning water, the... More »

Police Horse Left With No Food, Water for 16 Hours Dies

Officer got distracted with paperwork

(Newser) - MC Hammer had been with the Denver Police Department since November 2015, helping his human partners patrol the city—until one of the 10-year-old police horse's mounted officers had what appears to have been a fatal lapse of memory in September. The Denver Post reports that Officer Joseph Teeter... More »

Our Treatment of Animals: 'Humanity's Worst Hypocrisy'

'National Review' columnist makes the case

(Newser) - Matthew Scully begins an essay in the National Review about the modern treatment of animals with this observation: "You don’t really know your fellow man until you’ve pondered the fact that most people say they love animals, professing admiration and sympathy, and most people eat them."... More »

Serial Killer of Animals on the Loose in Canada

Culprit uses scalpel, leaves bodies in public places

(Newser) - "It's impossible to forget what we've seen," says the director of a Humane Society in London, Ontario, where officials say a serial animal killer is on the loose. Over the past year, 17 dead animals have been found around the Canadian city. It started with skinned... More »

Story Behind Man Punching Kangaroo Is 'Intense'

And perhaps not what it seems

(Newser) - Did a now-viral video of a man punching a kangaroo come out of Australia? Yes, of course. Should we be judging him for it? It depends on how you feel about dogs. The video, which has amassed more than 4.1 million views so far, was first posted on Facebook... More »

Calif. Couple Sues PetSmart in Dachshund Pup's Death

Henry suffered 2 broken ribs and a punctured lung within 3 minutes of arriving

(Newser) - Pet grooming is an unregulated business and requires no license, and a PETA spokesperson tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the organization gets complaints "all the time" from people who say their pets were injured or even killed during grooming at PetSmart. Now a California couple whose dachshund Henry... More »

Japan's 'World-First' Ice Rink Blasted as 'Immoral'

Apparently not everyone likes the idea of skating on top of 5K dead fish

(Newser) - A recently opened ice rink in Japan was advertised as a "world first"—only to subsequently be accused of being "immoral" and "weird" and having "no soul," CNN and the Guardian report. The skating rink in the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu came... More »

Man Arrested for Cruelty After 700-Mile Horse Journey

He rode Trigger from SC to Florida

(Newser) - A South Carolina man's planned horseback journey from Greenwood to Key West ended in Miami Wednesday when he was arrested for animal cruelty. The South Florida SPCA says it received multiple calls about Trigger, the tired and hungry horse being ridden by 36-year-old Christopher Emerson, ABC reports. Police say... More »

What Activists Found While Filming Cage-Free Hens

Advocacy group says video shows birds that lay eggs for Costco in 'horrible' conditions

(Newser) - At first glance, the lives of cage-free hens appear to be a much-needed improvement over those of hens kept boxed up in traditional wire "battery cages." But thanks to a newly released video by an all-volunteer activist group, animal advocates are now wondering how much better off the... More »

North Korea Zoo Has a Smoking Chimp

Of course it does

(Newser) - Azalea the chimpanzee can touch her nose, take a thank-you bow, and do a little jig. She can also put away a pack of cigarettes a day from her post at North Korea's Central Zoo, which has crowds cheering and animal activists jeering, the Guardian reports. Azalea, known as... More »

Soldier Who Drowned Puppy Ordered to Keep Photo in Wallet

John Burrow was also sentenced to 30 days in jail

(Newser) - A soldier who intentionally drowned his 8-month-old puppy must carry a photo of the dog in his wallet for two years, a North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday. The Army Times reports 24-year-old John Burrow, stationed at Fort Bragg, used military parachute cord to tie his dog Riley's feet to... More »

Turkey Euthanized After Being Kidnapped by College Students

Tim the turkey was found reeking of beer and with a broken toe.

(Newser) - Two California college students have been sentenced for snatching a turkey that had to be euthanized five months after it was found reeking of beer, with a broken toe and missing feathers, the AP reports. Steven Koressel and Richard Melbye were sentenced to a year of probation Thursday after pleading... More »

'Piles of Dead Horses' Found on Former Olympian's Property

Bruce Akers was charged with 90 counts of animal cruelty

(Newser) - A former Olympic wrestler was charged with more than 90 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found "piles of dead horses" on his property in Australia, the Age reports. Police discovered the horrible scene at the home of 63-year-old Bruce Akers back in April, but a judge ruled Monday... More »

Busch Gardens' Flamingo Dies After Alleged Attack by Park Visitor

45-year-old man accused of flinging Pinky to the ground in Tampa

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Pinky the flamingo, one of Busch Gardens Tampa's "animal ambassadors," per a park statement. The 19-year-old bird, who performed dance routines at the park and loved to "get her groove on," per the park's blog , was euthanized Tuesday evening... More »

PetSmart Groomer Charged After 1-Year-Old Dog Dies

Henry suffered 2 broken ribs, punctured lung in 3 minutes in the store

(Newser) - A 1-year-old Dachshund named Henry died in the care of a California PetSmart on Sunday afternoon, and a groomer was arrested at the scene on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, reports NBC Bay Area . Police say that just three minutes after groomer Juan Zarate, 38, brought the dog into the... More »

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