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'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 »

Man Gets Year in Jail After Abusing This Cat

He taped her paws together

(Newser) - A California man convicted of drug charges and, more sensationally, of using duct tape to bind the paws of a cat has received a one-year prison sentence, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Tyler Scott Vest, 23, of Valencia also received three years' probation and 24 hours of animal cruelty... More »

Alleged Smuggler Caught With 20 Puppies in Crate

The dogs will be put up for adoption

(Newser) - Authorities say a smuggling suspect was arrested after 23 dogs—including 20 puppies packed in a nearly airless crate—were seized from an SUV at the US-Mexico border. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the driver told officials at the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday that he had picked up... More »

Life of Pi Tiger's Owner Hit With Cruelty Charges

After PETA released video of Michael Hackenberger allegedly whipping tiger

(Newser) - The self-proclaimed oldest zoo in North America has provided animals to films starring names like Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, but perhaps no Bowmanville Zoo animal has entered the spotlight like its Bengal tiger, which starred in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Now the Canadian zoo finds itself thrust in... More »

Cesar Millan Investigated for Alleged Animal Cruelty

TV show showed a dog attacking a pig during training

(Newser) - A strange turn of events for the "Dog Whisperer": Police say they're investigating Cesar Millan for alleged animal cruelty after Millan's Nat Geo Wild show Cesar 911 featured a dog attacking a pig during a training exercise. "There was a complaint that we received and we... More »

Aussie Horror: Driver Mows Down 17 Kangaroos

Authorities say tire tracks show it was deliberate

(Newser) - A strip of Australian highway was left strewn with injured and dead kangaroos Monday morning, and animal welfare officials are trying to find out who they say ran them down intentionally, the Guardian reports. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a driver outside Brisbane purposely... More »

Abandoned Dog That Ran After Owner Hit by Car, Dies

Now the owner could face charges

(Newser) - Police say they expect to file a criminal charge against the person who abandoned a dog outside a Maine animal shelter, the AP reports. The dog ran after the person's car and was later hit and killed by another vehicle. The Sun-Journal reports police say they've identified the... More »

Puppy Found Frozen to Death, Owner Arrested

'It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time'

(Newser) - A Michigan woman was arrested this week after authorities found her six-month-old puppy frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures, WWMT reports. Several neighbors called 911 about the pit bull puppy, which was tied up outside. “It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time, and they were... More »

Ringling Elephants Taking an Early Retirement Package

Touring pachyderms will head to Florida in May instead of waiting for 2018

(Newser) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. The move comes amid increasing scrutiny on circus elephant acts, with local governments passing "anti-circus" and "anti-elephant" ordinances in... More »

The FBI Is Now Tracking Animal Abusers

Animal cruelty is now tracked along with other crimes like homicide

(Newser) - This year, for the first time, the FBI will track animal abuse the same way it tracks crimes such as homicide, arson, and assault. After years of lobbying, the bureau agreed in 2014 to make animal cruelty a Class A felony with its own category, and started tracking cases this... More »

Woman Gets 2 Years for Leaving Puppy in Hot Car

Animal advocates want stiff sentence to be the norm

(Newser) - The prison sentence given to a Tennessee woman for leaving a puppy to die in a hot car is unusually long, but animal advocates would be happy for it to become the norm. Alexis Cain was sentenced to two years for aggravated cruelty to animals over the July 29 incident... More »

Woman Who Duct-Taped Dog Tracked Down

Cops say 'Katie Brown' can keep the dog

(Newser) - A woman who attracted the wrath of animal lovers around the world with a Facebook photo of a dog with its muzzle duct-taped shut has been tracked down. Police in Cary, NC, say Katharine Lemansky, who posted under the name "Katie Brown," was charged with animal cruelty but... More »

Cops Flooded With Calls About Duct-Taped Dog

Fla. woman's cruel Facebook pic went viral

(Newser) - If Katie Brown was looking for attention when she posted a photo of a dog with its mouth duct-taped shut on Facebook, she certainly got it. The Friday morning post was shared more than 300,000 times within 36 hours and police were overwhelmed with outraged phone calls from dog... More »

Why Scaring Cats With Cucumbers Isn't Great for Cats

'If you do it for laughs, it makes me question your humanity'

(Newser) - The new viral craze is apparently scaring cats with cucumbers , because the Internet is a weird place and humans enjoy low-grade animal cruelty as long as it's adorable. But National Geographic reports that we should all maybe not be scaring our cats with cucumbers. According to Upvoted , the first... More »

Woman Who Posted Pics of Diapered Dog Is Arrested

On charges of harassment; she says her freedom of speech has been violated

(Newser) - About two weeks ago, a Texas woman noticed a dog on a neighbor's balcony that she suspected was being neglected: The dog, June, was wearing a diaper and was allegedly muzzled with some type of string. Amber Cammack took photos and then posted them on Facebook—a last resort,... More »

$200K Show Horse Stolen, 'Filleted' for Meat: Fla. Cops

Champion jumper was butchered by someone who knew what they were doing

(Newser) - Just a couple of days after two Florida bodybuilders were arrested for starving their horses, an even more gruesome equine crime has been reported in Manatee County. "Your new horse is missing" was the first piece of bad news Debbie Stephens got on Sunday, per the New York Times ... More »

Church Beating Couple's Home Full of Neglected Animals

'Conditions in the house were abhorrent': animal advocate

(Newser) - Seemingly neglected caged dogs and other animals were found in the foul-smelling, garbage-filled home of the New York couple arrested and charged with beating their two teenage sons, one fatally, during a "counseling" session at their secretive church, says an animal advocate who rescued the pets. Kimberly Strong, founder... More »

Someone Is Burning Dogs in California

LA County offers $25K reward

(Newser) - Since July, at least seven dogs in and around Los Angeles County have been burned, likely with battery acid or another chemical—and now the county is offering a $25,000 reward for help finding the person or people behind the attacks. Two of the dogs (some of which have... More »

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