A couple in New Jersey was jailed for abusing their 17-year-old Cocker Spaniel this week.
Keith Morgan and Shauna Ewing Morgan were sentenced to six months in jail after a court hearing on Monday, Nov. 18.
An animal lover in San Antonio, Texas may be seeking legal action after a 12-week puppy she gave to a local shelter was euthanized for having "demons."
Elaine Buchhorn was devastated when she received news recently that the 12-week-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix she had fostered for a month had been euthanized by the Humane Society of New Braunfels, near San Antonio. Buchhorn says the puppy, who she named Baby George, was sweet and docile, so much so that she allowed it to play around her young granddaughter and two other dogs. Her son had reportedly found the puppy near his apartment and taken it to his mother, who has helped take care of young animals before.
Buchhorn had fostered the puppy for a month and tried to find it a home, but when she was unable to she brought the puppy to the humane society with the hope they could find the animal a home. She tells local WOAI-TV that she then learned from the shelter on Oct. 14, three days after taking the puppy there, that the dog had been put down because he had "demons" and was showing aggression toward employees, even biting one employee. more >>
A judge has sentenced a New Jersey woman to 18 months parole for abandoning her dog in 2011, dumping the pit bull in a trash can when she went on vacation.
Kisha Curtis allegedly threw her dog in the garbage when she went on vacation in 2011. When Curtis' pit bull, Patrick, was later found in a trash compactor, it weighed just 19 pounds and was covered in sores.
Curtis has denied the claims, maintaining that she left the dog in the hallway, but pleaded guilty to fourth-degree animal cruelty in July. more >>
Lionfish, a venomous and predatory fish native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, has been discovered in the Atlantic and Caribbean at deep-sea depths, according to reports. Researchers believe the fish could be having a negative impact on other fish, as the lionfish have no natural predators to control their already burgeoning population.
The lionfish were located last month on an Atlantic deep-sea expedition to areas 300 feet beneath the surface. Stephanie Green, a post-doctoral associate at Oregon State University's Hixon Lab and the lead scientist on the project, said the lionfish "invasion" most likely started near South Florida, when residents released their unwanted pets.
"Genetic work has showed that the whole invasion began from a few releases," said Dr. Green. "There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population," she said. "We don't see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population." more >>
Three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Rottweiler called Max in Southern California on Sunday, have been removed from street duty due to death threats against them and their families.
A cellphone video of the horrific shooting which occurred in Hawthorne, Calif., and was posted to YouTube on Sunday has since been viewed more than four million times and has evoked mass and vitriolic outrage from the public.
Spokesman for the Hawthorne Police, Lt. Scott Swain told the Daily Breeze that the department received an inundation of threats via telephone, email and social media that forced them to reassign the officers to desk duty. more >>
Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, known for his creative sermon series, will be hosting a "Dog Days" event that will feature pet adoptions on the last weekend of April.
"At Fellowship Church, we love dogs! And we know there is a special bond between people and their pets. My wife and I have several dogs of our own. We love animals. We are excited about partnering with people and who share God's standard and respect for animals. And we're excited to invite the entire community to bring their dogs to church this weekend," Young said.
The annual "Dog Days" event will take place on the weekend of April 27 and 28, when Fellowship Church will partner with local pet adoption organizations, aiming to find homes for animals in need. more >>