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4 Baby Squirrels Found on Train Tracks, Tails Braided Together

Vets fear animal abuse

(Newser) - It is possible for baby squirrels' tails to get stuck together in the wild, typically due to sap leaking on them or their mother not cleaning them well enough. But in the case of four 6-week-old squirrels who were found on train tracks in Connecticut with their tails braided together... More »

Dogs Were Sent Overseas to Help. A Report Details Their Horrors

State Department probe details serious neglect, terrible conditions for bomb-sniffers in Jordan

(Newser) - A hotline complaint about US bomb-sniffing dogs working overseas jump-started a State Department probe, and the resulting report is a disturbing one. Federal investigators looking into the health and welfare of the canines sent to Jordan—one of several partner nations the US sends specially trained dog to for assistance... More »

Students Killed a Duck. Thousands Miffed at the Punishment

Some students were only suspended from football games

(Newser) - Two thousand people are demanding harsher punishment for high school football players sidelined in New Hampshire after a fatal attack on a duck. Graphic video filmed two weeks ago at a training camp in Moultonborough shows athletes from North Conway's Kennett High School watching as wild ducks are lured... More »

Woman Put Dog in Trunk After Shelter Refused Him: Cops

Sara Ann Perry was arrested and charged with felony animal abuse

(Newser) - Imagine lying in a car trunk when it's 85 degrees out. That was apparently the fate of a Florida woman's dog Wednesday after the Brevard County Humane Society wouldn't euthanize the animal and had no room to shelter it, Fox 35 Orlando reports. Bystanders in the small... More »

In One Texas Man's Home, 230 Animals

Operation 'Don't Be Cruel' took place on Saturday

(Newser) - They're "the kind of people that we start watching for that may transition away from animals to humans." So says Constable Alan Rosen following Saturday morning's raid on alleged animal abusers in Harris County, Texas. Roughly four dozen officers fanned out across the region, making 13... More »

65-Year-Old Arrested After Her 3 Dogs Die in Hot Car

The windows were rolled up and there was no water

(Newser) - A 65-year-old Rhode Island woman has been charged with felony cruelty to animals after leaving her three dogs, including a puppy, in a car during a heat wave. Police in Jamestown say the dogs, a 4-year-old black lab, a 7-month-old black lab and a 4-year-old gray Keeshond—a breed that... More »

He Was Accused of Killing Pinky. Now He's Dead

Joseph Anthony Corrao, set to stand trial in death of flamingo, was fatally struck by pickup truck

(Newser) - The man accused of causing the death of a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens Tampa was himself killed this month. Joseph Anthony Corrao was struck by a pickup truck while crossing a busy road in Orlando before 6am on June 5 and died at a hospital, reports the Tampa Bay ... More »

Cops: Ex-Students Use Bat to Put Duck 'Out of Its Misery'

19-year-olds charged with aggravated animal cruelty in Alabama

(Newser) - Former student baseball players at an Alabama community college are accused of pulling a duck from a campus pond and beating it with a bat. Following a party, Thomas "Landon" Grant and Jacob Frye allegedly beat the white Muscovy duck found on the campus of Central Alabama Community College... More »

Cops: NH Woman Shoved Her 'Old, Winded' Dog to Its Death

Witnesses say she watched it drown

(Newser) - In what police describe as a horrific case of animal cruelty, a New Hampshire woman has been arrested for allegedly shoving her dog into a lake and watching it drown. Nancy Bucciarelli, 66, was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. Police... More »

Yes, This Gator in Texas Has a Knife in Its Head

'I feel that somebody did this on purpose'

(Newser) - Alligators might take for granted the antibiotic properties in their blood and their tough, thick skulls, but one Texas reptile may be rethinking that attitude. CNN reports on a gator that's been spotted cruising through the waters of a lakeside Fort Bend County community, seemingly just a regular alligator... More »

Jaws Drop as Circus Finds Way to Ditch Live Animals

Circus Roncalli is breaking new ground

(Newser) - Go to the Circus Roncalli, and you'll see animals—like a floating ring of horses and an oversized goldfish swimming right by. Sound unreal? You're right. The German production uses 3-D holograms at a time when activists and governments are cracking down on cruelty to animals in circuses,... More »

Kid's Rock-Throwing Leads to Zoo Flamingo's Death

Bird in Illinois zoo had to be euthanized after 'truly unfortunate accident'

(Newser) - A young guest at an Illinois zoo apparently didn't mean any harm, but what a Bloomington city official is calling a "truly unfortunate accident" has resulted in one of the center's flamingos being put down. The Pantagraph reports the bird was hit by a rock that the... More »

Animal Lovers, You Don't Want to Read This

Kaine Louzader was arrested and charged with animal abuse

(Newser) - A Missouri man is accused of torturing, killing, and dismembering at least 12 cats before dumping them around his neighborhood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Kaine Louzader, 20, allegedly got the cats off Craigslist and took them home for their gruesome final hours. He is said to have stomped on... More »

This Year, Worst Coachella Headline Isn't About Music

It's about puppies

(Newser) - The Coachella festival has wrapped up for 2019, and this year, perhaps the biggest Coachella headline of April had nothing to do with music. Instead: puppy dumping. As has been reported at NBC News and pretty much everywhere else from coast to coast , a woman in Coachella, Calif., was caught... More »

Man Who Left Pet Fish Behind Briefly Charged With Cruelty

Charges were ultimately dropped

(Newser) - When Michael Hinson was evicted from his Wilmington, NC, home last month, the 53-year-old left behind a fish—and found himself facing animal cruelty and abandonment charges. Officials say the 6-inch-long Oscar was in poor health, living in a dirty tank, and had no food available; Hinson was accused of... More »

Florida to Punish People Who Flee Hurricanes, Leave Pets Tied Up

Bill would make it an offense to abandon dogs during disasters

(Newser) - Leaving Fido to fend for himself outside during a hurricane could soon be a crime in Florida. Senate Bill 1738, which passed the state Senate Agricultural Committee with no opposition last month, makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to leave a dog restrained outside and unattended during a natural disaster or... More »

'Idiot' Jumps on Pelican, Now Faces Charges

Maryland's Hunter Hardesty posted now-viral video involving protected species

(Newser) - Questionable content often finds its way onto Facebook, but viral videos of humans attacking animals generally don't go over well. A Maryland man is finding that out after he posted a clip Thursday from Key West, Fla., in which he's seen apparently luring a pelican over to the... More »

Some Call This Debt Solution 'Pragmatic.' Others, Cruel

Edda the pug was put up for sale on eBay after family couldn't pay its bills

(Newser) - A family of five in Germany that fell on hard times had one prized possession: their 1-year-old purebred pug, Edda. But after not being able to pay their bills, including an almost $90 annual dog tax levied by the city of Ahlen, a debt collector came up with what a... More »

Uproar After Cop Runs Over 'Shrieking' Deer for 15 Minutes

Animal rights lawyer says footage is among the worst she's ever seen

(Newser) - A debate is raging in Canada over how best to put injured animals out of their misery following video footage of an Alberta police officer repeatedly running over a "shrieking" deer. It took nearly 15 minutes for the young animal to die Saturday in Lethbridge, where it had been... More »

Teacher Acquitted After Feeding Live Puppy to Turtle

Robert Crosland was accused of animal cruelty in Idaho

(Newser) - A junior high biology teacher who made national headlines for feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Robert Crosland was acquitted by a jury in Preston, Idaho, of animal cruelty charges, reports USA Today . Crosland has maintained from the start that he thought... More »

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