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'Guarded' Prognosis for Cat Tortured With Firecracker

Someone put the explosive into Katy P.'s rectum

(Newser) - They named her Katy P., after Katy Perry and her "Firework" song, but the backstory behind an Ohio cat's new moniker is more horrific than inspiring. People notes the tabby is "lucky to be alive" after someone's cruel decision to place a lit firecracker into the... More »

MSU Physicist Charged With 'Crime Against Nature'

He's accused of molesting a basset hound

(Newser) - After the Larry Nassar case and rape allegations involving basketball players , the last thing Michigan State University needed was a bestiality scandal—but here we are. Joseph Hattey, a 51-year-old MSU physicist, has been charged with two counts of "committing a crime against nature," the Lansing State Journal... More »

27 Rabbits Abandoned at Train Station

Officials in Long Island are eager to know who did this

(Newser) - Officials in Long Island, New York are offering a reward for information leading to the person or people responsible for dumping 27 rabbits by a Suffolk County train station, per the AP. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it was notified on Sunday that... More »

The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

'60 Minutes' exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017

(Newser) - It's not every day that a livestock-abuse video is set at sea, but such is the situation in Australia. The New York Times reports the country's 60 Minutes on Sunday broadcast footage shot by a whistleblower in August 2017 on a ship laden with sheep that was sailing... More »

Teens Jailed 4 Years for Dragging Kitten Behind Car

Kyle Wayne Williams and Jordan Hall were convicted of animal abuse

(Newser) - Two Missouri teens were sentenced to jail time after being convicted of dragging a kitten behind a vehicle and posting a video of its torturous death. Kyle Wayne Williams, 18, and Jordan Hall, 19, were convicted of animal abuse and each was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday... More »

Guggenheim Yanks 3 Exhibits Due to 'Threats of Violence'

Animal rights activists raised a ruckus about pieces at Guggenheim

(Newser) - Three controversial pieces at the Guggenheim, all part of a larger exhibit due to open Oct. 6, have been pulled. The "Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World" showing, which will feature about 150 works from Chinese artists, came under fire for a handful of pieces that... 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 »

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 »

Missouri State Suspends QB for Allegedly Breaking Dog's Jaw

School investigating after Facebook post accused Breck Ruddick of beating pet severely

(Newser) - Missouri State University wasted little time—a matter of hours, as USA Today reports—in suspending sophomore quarterback Breck Ruddick, after allegations emerged that he beat a friend's dog so badly that the animal lost multiple teeth and suffered a shattered jaw. The school says it's investigating what... More »

Abused Horses Find New Calling Easing Vets' PTSD

Veteran who went through such a program is creating his own in Alabama

(Newser) - After losing sight in his right eye from a 2013 rocket attack in Afghanistan, retired Army Maj. Dan Thomas recovered with help from an equine therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reports the AP . Hoping to help other veterans, he and his wife traveled to Connecticut last... More »

Teacher Gets Felony Charge for Lying About Puppy

Bizarre case has her students at a loss

(Newser) - In a bizarre turn of events, an Illinois community college adjunct professor who claimed to have found a puppy inside a pillowcase along the highway is now being charged with a felony, the Chicago Tribune reports. Earlier this month, 38-year-old Hope Sanchez brought the 3-week-old puppy to show her psychology... More »

London Has a Serial Animal Killer on Its Hands

Dozens of cats, foxes, rabbits, birds found with their heads, tails, or paws cut off

(Newser) - Southern England is now on high alert after a series of animal killings across the region—mostly in the form of beheadings—has rendered the original moniker, the Croydon Cat Killer, far too specific. The person is killing well outside the London borough of Croydon and claiming not just felines,... 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 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 »

Woman Asks Facebook If Someone Will Shoot Her Dog

Owner will not face charges

(Newser) - A three-year-old dog is safe in a Texas foster home after her owner attempted to take out a hit on her. A woman in Troupe was so fed up with the Saint Bernard/English bulldog mix that she asked her Facebook friends to kill it. "I need someone to come... More »

Neglected Horses' Hooves Were 3 Feet Long: Rescuers

Md. rescue group says horses were found in stall with manure piles 3 to 4 feet high

(Newser) - A concerned call about the welfare of someone's pet pigeons led to a disturbing discovery in a Maryland stable: three horses in such a severe state of neglect that a local rescue group was absolutely horrified. "Of the over 2,170 horses DEFHR has rescued in its 26-year... More »

Confronted by Cops, Man Swings Dog at Them

Kansas man is charged with animal cruelty after nighttime stroll takes a bad turn

(Newser) - A suspicious man was reported Sunday night wandering with his dog through people's backyards in Park City, Kansas, and responding police say he wasn't especially cooperative, KSN reports. That man was 26-year-old Michael Rush, who a responding officer says reacted by swinging the poor pup on its leash... More »

$20K Pours In for Dog Left Hanging From Tree

Sunny is recovering in Arizona

(Newser) - A brutal story is moving toward a happy ending. A shelter in Arizona has received more than $20,000 in donations after it began caring for a young dog left hanging from a tree, reports AP . Sunny, a 2-year-old mix, is now recuperating in foster care . "She's getting... More »

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