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Florida Woman Allegedly Bleached Goldfish to Death

Angela Garcia allegedly poured bleach into tank after argument

(Newser) - A Florida woman was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty over the weekend after allegedly pouring bleach into her boyfriend's fish tank, killing five of his pet goldfish. The police report is based largely on what De'Andre Johnson said went down: He's the son of the... More »

Kid Who Bit Off Hamster's Head Out of Ole Miss, Frat

And Brady Eaves could face charges over spring break video

(Newser) - In the spectrum of things you shouldn't do in life let alone on video, this sort of vaults past "get naked with someone named Kardashian:" Brady Eaves is suddenly finding himself out of a fraternity and a college after video surfaced of him titled "psycho drunk... More »

Top Zoo Body Linked to Animal Cruelty, Dolphin Hunt

Animal welfare groups blast Waza for ignoring code of ethics

(Newser) - Animal welfare groups are putting pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums to clean up its act after videos surfaced showing beatings and cramped quarters at some of the organization's 300 facilities. Though WAZA's code of ethics calls for the "highest standard of animal welfare,... More »

Why Teens Tied Dog to Tracks: She Was 'Too Sweet'

4 face charges as Cabela continues recovery

(Newser) - Police say they've found the individuals who shot a pit bull and tied the dog to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Teenagers Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, both 17, decided to "get rid of" female dog Cabela after she was purchased to fight other dogs, but was... More »

Cops Save Dog That Was Shot, Tied to Tracks

Cabela is recovering after ordeal, amputation

(Newser) - A young mixed-breed dog in Florida is recovering after a sickening ordeal—and a dramatic rescue. Police in Tampa discovered the dog, who had been shot three times, tied to railroad tracks after investigating reports of gunshots in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood and hearing whimpering Wednesday evening, reports NBC News... More »

Ringling Bros. Is Dumping Its Iconic Elephants

America's most-famous circus says the animals will be phased out by 2018

(Newser) - A day after some critics laid into Prince William for visiting an animal sanctuary that reportedly uses elephants to entertain tourists , America's most famous circus group is expected to officially announce today it's dropping its own pachyderms. The parent company for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus... More »

Guy Gets 2 Years for Killing Cats of Fiancee's Family

Timothy Olschafskie pleads guilty to killing 5 cats

(Newser) - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family—a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court. Timothy Olschafskie (ol-SHAF'-skee) pleaded guilty Friday in Enfield Superior Court to multiple counts of maliciously killing animals. He... More »

GoDaddy Nixes Super Bowl Ad —About Puppy Mill

Ad featuring dog, Danica Patrick stirred up brouhaha

(Newser) - GoDaddy is no stranger to controversy when it comes to Super Bowl ads, and this year, the company has already pulled one, the Chicago Tribune reports. Animal lovers were furious over an ad that shows a puppy falling off the back of a truck, then heroically making his way home—... More »

Bobcat Found Hanged Before Football Game

Home of the Wildcats slams 'despicable' prank

(Newser) - There is a long history of rivalry between Coffee County Central and Tullahoma High School in central Tennessee—pranks in years past have included a toilet placed in the middle of a football field—but authorities say things have gone way too far. A dead bobcat was found hanged from... More »

Report: 2 Killer Whales Have Been Crying for Months

Activists say 2 orcas in 'solitary confinement' for months in Moscow

(Newser) - While they wait for an oceanarium to open, a pair of killer whales are sitting in temporary facilities in Moscow—and their cries have been audible for months, animal advocates say. The orcas are living in terrible conditions, the activists say, calling the animals' separate tanks "solitary confinement cells"... More »

50 Pit Bulls Rescued in Dogfighting Raid

Animals recovering after breeding operation shut down

(Newser) - "When you see a piece of property that has 42 adult dogs chained up with tow chains using a tire axle to secure the chains in the ground ... they're probably not raising pets," a deputy told the Mountain Press after a raid that rescued dozens of pit... More »

$5K Reward in Mysterious Zoo Killing of Tasmanian Devil

Jasper was apparently murdered with chunk of asphalt in Albuquerque, NM

(Newser) - More security cameras are in place, additional guards are on duty, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for anyone with info leading to an arrest in the killing of Jasper the Tasmanian devil, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Police think the rare marsupial—one of four brought to New... More »

Bear Cub Found in Central Park Was Killed by Car

But officials still don't know how it ended up in NYC

(Newser) - A bear cub mysteriously found dead in New York City's Central Park on Monday appears to have been hit and killed by a vehicle, according to state authorities, but that information doesn't explain the central mystery of how it ended up in a bush near 69th Street in... More »

Driver's Boast on Facebook: I Hit, Killed Wolves

Toby Bridges is campaigner against wolves

(Newser) - A Montana driver has offered Facebook followers a graphic account of his encounter with a family of wolves—an account that suggests he purposely hit them with his car, the Great Falls Tribune reports. Fish, Wildlife, and Parks officials are "looking into" the situation, one says, though it's... More »

Man Allegedly Cooked Ex's Dog, Served It to Her as Meal

He is arrested on animal cruelty charges

(Newser) - In one of the more demented breakup stories in a while, a man in Redding, Calif., is accused of killing, cooking, and serving his ex-girlfriend's dog to her and then telling her about it after the fact, reports the Sacramento Bee . Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh denies cooking the dog but... More »

CEO Loses His Job After Kicking Puppy

Centerplate chairman apologizes for Des Hague's conduct

(Newser) - Facing anger on social media and a petitions against his company, the CEO who was caught on video kicking a puppy has now resigned, USA Today reports. "The decision comes as a result of [Desmond] Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care,"... More »

CEO Caught Kicking Puppy Will Donate $100K

Des Hague of Centerplate says he's 'ashamed and deeply embarrassed'

(Newser) - The CEO of a company that provides food to sports stadiums in the US and Canada will donate $100,000 to create a fund for abused animals after he got caught on video kicking a puppy, reports CBC . Des Hague of Centerplate was captured on an elevator video repeatedly kicking... More »

Dog Walker Hit With Charges After 6 Dogs Die in Hot Car

Said pups were stolen, dumped bodies: cops

(Newser) - In May, a Canadian dog walker claimed six dogs in her care were stolen from her truck at a dog park in Vancouver—the dogs were found in a ditch a week later. CBC now reports that Emma Paulsen has been charged with dumping the dogs in the ditch herself... More »

Heroin OD Antidote Saves Drugged Kitten

DA says addict tortured cat, injected it with drug

(Newser) - A quick-thinking veterinarian saved the life of a kitten after a "depraved" man tortured it and injected it with heroin, authorities say. A Pennsylvania clinic had considered euthanizing the abused kitten, which was lethargic and suffering head trauma, but it revived after it was treated with Narcan, a drug... More »

Giraffe Killed After Head Hits Highway Bridge

...in grisly scene eerily similar to a clip from The Hangover Part III

(Newser) - The scene may have drawn a few giggles in The Hangover Part III , but the horrific, real-life death of a giraffe on a South African highway this week has animal rights activists fuming. A witness tweeted a picture of two giraffes sticking out of a truck on a highway, with... More »

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