President Trump signs new law making animal cruelty a federal crime

D.C. 11/26/19, 02:24

A new law passed by Congress and the president on Nov. 25, officially made torturing and injuring animals a federal crime. Donald Trump has signed the new Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act into law, which makes it a federal crime to inflict certain types of animal cruelty anywhere in ...

Update: 1 arrested on abuse charges at Indiana farm

U.S. 06/12/19, 18:39

The Latest on alleged animal abuse at an Indiana dairy farm that's a popular agritourism destination (all times local):5:30 p.m.Authorities have arrested one of three people charged with animal cruelty following the release of video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at a northwestern Indiana dairy farm that is ...

Owner of tiger found in abandoned Houston house charged

U.S. 05/16/19, 13:09

The ex-owner of a tiger rescued from a filthy cage in an abandoned house in Houston has been charged with animal cruelty.Houston police Wednesday arrested 24-year-old Brittany Garza on the misdemeanor count involving a non-livestock animal. She's free on $100 bond. An attorney for Garza, Jay Cohen, declined comment Thursday.The ...

Prosecutors: Divorcing Indiana couple left dog to starve

U.S. 04/25/19, 14:56

Prosecutors say a suburban Indianapolis couple who vacated their home during divorce proceedings left their dog behind to starve to death. The emaciated dog, named Chuck, was found dead in January in the couple's Johnson County trailer home. A necropsy determined he starved to death. The Indianapolis Star reports 31-year-old Michael S. ...

Minnesota woman with 64 dead cats, 43 live cats sentenced

U.S. 04/13/19, 18:40

A Minnesota woman who was found to have 64 dead cats, 43 live cats, a 400-pound pig and other animals on her property has been sentenced. Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of animal ...

Judge: Animal shelter to keep tiger seized from Houston home

U.S. 04/04/19, 10:33

A judge has ruled that an animal shelter can keep a tiger that was rescued from an abandoned Houston home.The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison has looked after the tiger since February, when some people entered the house to smoke marijuana and found the big cat .Authorities say ...

Maryland man arrested for tackling brown pelican in Florida

U.S. 03/15/19, 13:00

A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video has been arrested on animal cruelty charges out of Florida.Maryland State Police said in a Friday release that 31-year-old William Hunter Hardesty was arrested at a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. News outlets report the Florida Fish and Wildlife ...

California man accused of killing dog that peed on yard

U.S. 12/11/18, 14:55

Authorities in California say a man accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a dog that peed on his lawn and car was arrested and faces animal cruelty charges.The Tulare County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that the dog's owner contacted officials Saturday after noticing ...

Woman had 44 frozen dogs, 130 live dogs in home

U.S. 11/14/18, 17:38

Authorities say 44 frozen dogs and 130 live dogs were found at a New Jersey home that reeked of animal feces and urine.State police say 65-year-old Donna Roberts was charged with animal cruelty following an inspection Tuesday at her Shamong Township residence in the Philadelphia suburbs. Officials allege living dogs ...

51 horses removed from Florida farm; charges pending

U.S. 10/30/18, 03:22

Authorities say they've removed more than 50 horses from a Florida farm in various stages of neglect. A Union County Sheriff's Office news release said Monday that 51 animals have been moved from the self-proclaimed 40-acre horse rescue in Lake Butler to a Tallahassee veterinary hospital. Officials say two horses were found ...

Police: Florida man on balcony shoots puppy named Princess

U.S. 09/30/18, 10:55

Police say a Florida man on a balcony shot and killed a dog with a pellet rifle.The puppy named Princess was being walked by its owner Saturday night near the Davie apartment building.According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel , an off-duty police officer driving toward the building saw a ...

Sheriff’s office: 37 cats found locked in small moving truck

U.S. 09/30/18, 03:08

A Florida woman faces dozens of animal cruelty charges after authorities found 37 cats inside a small moving truck.Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies responded Saturday to neighbors' complaints about the truck in Holiday.In an emailed statement, sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Doll said deputies found the cats locked in the truck's ...

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