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SPCA Needs Help After Cops Find 286 Rabbits at One Home

That's 284 over the city limit in Sacramento

(Newser) - A Sacramento animal shelter is seeking supplies and cash donations to care for nearly 300 rabbits taken from a single property. FOX40 reports the bunnies are of varying ages and not available for adoption, at least not yet, because they're part of an investigation. Folsom Police Department Det. Donald... More »

Sheriff: At Least 12 Arrested for Animal Sacrifice in Texas

'It appears that they were having some sort of unknown ritual'

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice, the AP reports. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Bexar County sheriff's deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after receiving calls... More »

Snowmobilers Implicated in Shooting Death of Man's Cow

'They shot her between the eyes'

(Newser) - Fluffy the cow was supposed to give birth to a calf in May, Central Maine reports. Instead Clayton Tibbetts found her dead in a field on his Maine farm last week. "They shot her between the eyes," he says. "It had to have been at close range.... More »

Swiss Can't Stick Live Lobsters in Boiling Water Anymore

They have to be stunned before they're thrown in the pot

(Newser) - Lobsters may not actually scream when they're placed live into pots of boiling water (they don't have vocal cords), but the jury's still out on whether they feel pain. Switzerland isn't taking chances, issuing a government decree that "the practice of plunging live lobsters into... More »

Police Confiscate Country's Last 2 Dancing Bears

Cruel practice finally stamped out in Nepal

(Newser) - It's going to be a happy new year for Rangeela and Sridevi: A wildlife group says it has rescued the sloth bears from owners in Nepal who forced them to dance to entertain crowds, National Geographic reports. The bears were swiped from the wild at a young age and... More »

Cops: Veterinarian Shot Neighbor's Barking Dog

The pet hospital where she worked couldn't save it

(Newser) - Louisiana veterinarian Kelly Folse's prescription for a barking dog next door was a bullet, police say. Folse, 35, was booked on aggravated cruelty to an animal Tuesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. She also faces charges of drug possession and illegal discharge of a firearm. Police say Folse shot... More »

A Tough-to-Watch Shark Video Results in Arrests

3 men in Florida charged with animal cruelty over video of shark dragged by high-speed boat

(Newser) - Florida anglers who allegedly filmed themselves brutally dragging a shark behind their boat at high speeds are now facing felony charges. Robert Benac, 28, Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 23, have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty in Florida for the video that surfaced five months ago , reports the... More »

She Likened Her Dogs to Art, Is Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Christina Fay of Wolfeboro, NH, to be sentenced within 30 days

(Newser) - Animal cruelty cases are always dismal. This one out of New Hampshire is also somewhat bizarre. Christina Fay of Wolfeboro was found guilty Tuesday on 10 animal cruelty charges related to the 84 Great Danes that were seized from her mansion in June. WMUR reports she ran a kennel called... More »

Turkeys Are Dropped From Planes in Arkansas

The practice is now an unofficial part of an October festival

(Newser) - No matter how busy the holiday travel season, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a smoother flight than the unfortunate turkeys involved in Arkansas' Turkey Trot. The annual October festival in Yellville sees turkeys hurled from buildings and a plane flying 500 feet above the ground. Disturbed? You're... More »

The ER Doctors Train on Live Pigs, Then Kill Them

The University of Missouri has seen protests over its use of the animals

(Newser) - The University of Missouri says it will continue to use live pigs to train emergency room doctors, despite protests. Last week, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine organized a rally outside University Hospital to advocate ending the use of swine in physician training. The demonstration came after the university's... More »

Police Find 19 Dead Animals in Woman's House

They also found 17 live animals

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman faces charges after police say they found 19 dead animals at her home, the AP reports. New Bedford police say officers found dead lizards in cages in the bedroom of Amanda Vicente's 13-year-old son last week. Finches, cockatiels, and hamsters were also found at the home.... More »

Guggenheim Exhibit Under Fire—and It's Not Open Yet

Pit bulls made to charge toward each other without ever touching in video at Guggenheim

(Newser) - In just two weeks, NYC's Guggenheim Museum is set to open an ambitious three-month exhibit on experimental works from Chinese artists, many of which the New York Times deems "deliberately shocking." None more so, though, than a piece by a pair known as "the bad couple... More »

Cops: Man Killed Kangaroo in 'Abhorrent' Video

Melbourne man could get 2 years in jail

(Newser) - A Melbourne resident has been arrested for what environmental officials say was a "particularly abhorrent" case of animal cruelty. In a video viewed millions of times on the Chinese social media service QQ, the man can be seen using a hunting knife to kill a wounded Eastern gray kangaroo... More »

Odor Was Bad, What Was Inside Was Worse: 1K Dead Animals

But 2K living animals were rescued

(Newser) - It was the odor that gave it away. Alarmed by an appalling smell wafting from a southern California warehouse, police made a grim discovery late Thursday: as many as 1,000 dead animals. Another 2,000 or so parakeets and exotic birds, chickens, fish, reptiles, and other creatures were rescued... More »

Bull Kills Itself After Fiery Torches Put on Horns

It ran head-on into a post at a Spanish festival

(Newser) - A horrifying scene out of a bull festival in Spain has reignited a firestorm—this one a literal one—around the subject of how bull are used as entertainment. The Independent reports on a bull that was tied to a post in front of a "baying" crowd during the... More »

Serial Cat Killer Sentenced to 16 Years in Jail

Robert Farmer pleaded guilty to animal cruelty

(Newser) - A grisly and bizarre animal cruelty case has come to a close in San Jose, with a serial cat killer sentenced to 16 years in jail. Police say Robert Farmer killed at least 16 cats after stealing and torturing them in 2015. Prosecutors also alleged that he sexually abused at... More »

Veteran Accused of Executing Service Dog Found Dead

Cops suspect suicide in death of Marinna Rollins

(Newser) - A veteran in North Carolina accused of laughing as she executed her own service dog has been found dead in what police suspect was a suicide. The Fayetteville Police Department says 23-year-old Marinna Rollins was found dead in her apartment around 3am Sunday morning, the Fayetteville Observer reports. Rollins and... More »

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 »

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