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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 »

First-of-Their-Kind Eggs Aim to End a Brutal Practice

Researchers want to stop culling of male chicks

(Newser) - Shoppers in Germany are the first in the world to have a chance to buy what the Guardian calls "no-kill" eggs. The eggs result from a new process that aims to eliminate the culling of male chicks—an industrywide practice in which billions of chicks are gassed or sent... More »

Cops: Lawyer Hurled His Wife's Dogs From Balcony

One dog died, another is missing

(Newser) - A Chicago attorney is facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after allegedly hurling two small dogs from a second-floor balcony. Police say Jerald Jeske, 51, threw the dogs off the balcony after a Christmas Eve fight with his wife, the Chicago Tribune reports. She told police that... More »

They Set Out the Krispy Kremes. Then, 'the Worst of the Worst'

9 accused of luring bears with doughnuts, then letting hunting dogs attack them

(Newser) - A nearly yearlong inquiry into a case that's been called "the worst of the worst" has led to the arrest of nine people in three states. Those are the words of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who says the case in her state is "one of the... More »

On a California Beach, a 'Vicious Act of Brutality'

There's a $5,000 reward for anyone with info leading to conviction for the person who shot dolphin to death

(Newser) - Want to make $5,000? If you know who shot and killed a dolphin in California, the money is yours if you have info that leads to a conviction. "There is NO excuse for such brutality against these beautiful animals," Marine Animal Rescue of El Segundo writes on... More »

Happy Ending for Kitten Found Glued to Road

'Sticky' finds forever home with rescuer

(Newser) - There's no more appropriate name for Chuck Hawley's new kitten than "Sticky." The tiny furball, thought to be no more than 8 weeks old, was stuck in the middle of a road, covered in glue, when Oregon's Hawley spotted it while traveling from Silverton to... More »

Noise Complaint Leads to 71 Beagles in 'Deplorable Conditions'

Dogs found in Pa. home are now with humane society; adoption info is forthcoming

(Newser) - Animal welfare workers say 71 beagles have been removed from "deplorable conditions" in a Pennsylvania home. Barbara Morgan, an officer with the Lehigh County Humane Society, says she expects to file charges against the owner of the home near Allentown where the dogs were discovered, the AP reports. Many... More »

She Was Walking Her Daughter's Puppy. Then, a 'Pop'

Miami man accused of shooting Chihuahua to death with sniper rifle

(Newser) - An evening stroll with her 8-year-old daughter's puppy ended in tragedy Saturday for a Florida woman. WPLG and the Sun Sentinel report that a 19-year-old Miami man was arrested Saturday and hit with felony animal-cruelty charges after cops say he trained a sniper rifle on an 8-month-old Chihuahua, then... More »

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