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Veteran Allegedly Executes Her Own Service Dog

Marinna Rollins, boyfriend Jarren Heng charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy

(Newser) - When volunteers appealed for someone to adopt a 2-year-old pit bull that had arrived at a North Carolina animal shelter, it was with the hope that the dog would find "a real loving forever home." Instead, the dog met a gruesome end last week when he was shot... More »

Search Is On for Platypus Killer

Wildlife officials call 3 killings, including 2 beheadings, 'despicable act of cruelty'

(Newser) - Wildlife officials are calling it "a despicable act of cruelty to one of Australia's most loved animals." Over the last five weeks, three platypuses have been killed and dumped in a botanical garden in New South Wales, despite the fact that the animal is protected across the... More »

First Asian Country to Ban Dog, Cat Meat

Taiwan's legislature passes the measure

(Newser) - A big win for animal rights activists—and a bigger win for dogs and cats—in Taiwan. With the legislature's approval of an amendment to the country's Animal Protection Act, Taiwan appears on track to become the first country in Asia to ban the possession, sale, purchase, and... More »

Man Sentenced for Biting Chihuahua Puppy's Head Off

Puerto Rico man gets 7 years

(Newser) - Jose Arroyo is going to spend the next seven years in prison and he will not be a popular man if fellow inmates discover what he is in for: biting the head off a chihuahua puppy. The 40-year-old Puerto Rico man was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to domestic... More »

Dog Owner Says Alleged Animal Cruelty Was Actually Kindness

'If your animal needs you, you gotta be there for her'

(Newser) - A Virginian man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly shooting his dog of 15 years says it was an act of kindness, not abuse, WTKR reports. Michael Whalen says his dog Allie was one of his best friends. "We did everything together," he says. Last year, Allie was... More »

Cop Abandoned Emaciated Dog in Trash Bag, Say Police

Dog is now living 'a happy life,' cop has been arrested

(Newser) - In November, a woman out hiking in the Philadelphia area saw a pit bull's head sticking out of a garbage bag. The SPCA named the emaciated animal Cranberry, nursed her back to health, and eventually adopted her out to a home where she is now living "a happy... More »

Use of Actual Penguins at NHL Game Rankles PETA

They were 'terrorized,' says group, but zoo calls that nonsense

(Newser) - The zoo calls it an "enrichment experience" for penguins, but PETA thinks it amounts to "shy animals terrorized." Such is the controversy over the NHL's decision to put live penguins on the ice before a rare outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In... More »

Zoo Visitors Beat Crocodile to Death With Rocks

Government officials are decrying the 'savage behavior'

(Newser) - Tunisian officials are decrying "savage behavior" after visitors to a zoo in Tunis stoned a crocodile to death Tuesday, AFP reports. Officials posted photos of the dead crocodile—with two large, bloody stones next to it—on Facebook (Warning: graphic) . The crocodile died from internal hemorrhaging after being hit... More »

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 »

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