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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 »

Vets Save Leg of Dog Shot, Tied to Tracks

Cabela 'came through surgery with flying colors'

(Newser) - Rumors of the demise of Cabela's leg were premature: The Florida mutt found shot and tied to railroad tracks , her front right leg shattered by a bullet, pulled off something of a miracle, reports WTSP . "Cabela came through surgery with flying colors and four legs," says the... More »

At Meat Research Center, a Litany of Death, Suffering

'NY Times' investigation into center's activities yields disturbing results

(Newser) - For 50 years, a facility in Nebraska has focused on meat-industry improvements, from the eater's perspective: more meat, less fat, safer food. But at the same time, reports the New York Times in a lengthy investigation, the center has provided a site for minimally overseen and sometimes brutal experimentation... More »

iPad-Toting Tortoises: Art or Abuse?

Protesters want to block museum exhibit in Aspen

(Newser) - Tortoises Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer are supposed to walk around a museum opening Saturday in Aspen with iPads on their backs, but a petition hopes to stop the art installation in its very slow-moving tracks. "Animals are living creatures, not art supplies," wrote one... More »

Animal Planet Show Is Staged, Abusive: Report

Creatures drugged, left near death: Mother Jones investigation

(Newser) - Hit Animal Planet reality show Call of the Wildman features its star, Ernie "Turtleman" Brown Jr., finding and trapping "nuisance" animals, apparently for the benefit of both locals and the creatures themselves. But the "reality" of the show is questionable, according to a Mother Jones investigation: The... More »

We're More Sympathetic to Abused Dogs Than Humans

Study: It's easier to read about a 30-year-old man getting beaten than a puppy

(Newser) - What's harder to watch: An adult human kicking a puppy or an adult human kicking another adult human? Science says: the puppy. A new study has found abused dogs—both puppies and grown-ups—elicit more sympathy than abused adult humans. Abused human kids, however, are equally sympathetic as abused... More »

2 Horses Left to Die Survived by Eating Wood, Manure

They could see water, couldn't reach it: SPCA

(Newser) - Miami-area police got a call this weekend about some skinny-looking horses; what they found were two horses that were 200 pounds underweight and stuck in an 8-by-10-foot pen at an area ranch. The stall was boarded up, apparently to avoid notice. "It was almost like they were being nailed... More »

Gulf Coast Mystery: Someone Is Shooting Dolphins

Some have washed ashore with missing jaws, hacked-off fins

(Newser) - Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws, and hacked-off fins, and federal officials say they are looking into the mysterious deaths. The most recent case was of a dolphin found dead off the coast of Mississippi, its lower... More »

Chicago Police Horses Attacked in Stable

'Agitated' equines released by unknown vandals

(Newser) - Chicago police horses are recovering after a late night attack in their stable. Some 27 of the 30 horses were released from their stalls and at least two were sprayed in the face with a fire extinguisher or struck with the extinguisher can, reports CBS . One 20-year-old horse suffered eye... More »

McDonald's Dumps Beef Plant Linked to Abuse

Joins In-N-Out in exodus over video of abused cows

(Newser) - McDonald's is quickly backing away from the California beef plant linked to animal abuse in an undercover video that's reverberating around the meat industry, reports ABC News . The fast-food joint joins In-N-Out as the second major chain to dump Central Valley Meat after the feds shut it down,... More »

Beef Plant in Abuse Video Supplied In-N-Out, Schools

Burger chain cancels contract with Calif. slaughterhouse

(Newser) - The California slaughterhouse closed down for alleged animal abuse counted the In-N-Out burger chain among its biggest customers, reports ABC . The Central Valley Meat plant provided between 20% and 30% of the beef used in the chain's burgers, according to an In-N-Out spokesman, who says the chain canceled its... More »

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