- Prosecutor won't charge hog farm workers Updated: Oct-09-15 7:05 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A prosecutor said Friday that he has decided against charging any employees of a Minnesota hog farm who were recorded on a graphic undercover video treating animals in a way that their own employer called "disturbing."
- Facing ban on orca breeding, SeaWorld contemplates next move Updated: Oct-09-15 5:05 pm
SAN DIEGO - SeaWorld says denying orcas' their ability to breed is cruel, but it was unclear Friday whether the corporation will fight such a ban at its California park and risk further hurting attendance.
- Rhode Island sets new standards for pet shops, shelters Updated: Oct-09-15 4:18 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - State inspectors can now order pet shops and animal shelters to clean water bowls and give animals more space, instead of just recommending it.
- Judge gets case against Iowa 'roadside zoo' accused of abuse Updated: Oct-09-15 1:42 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A trial has wrapped up in a federal lawsuit against a privately owned zoo in northeastern Iowa that could affect how so-called roadside zoos around the country care for animals considered endangered.
- PETA offers to help save Jersey shore's elephant landmark Updated: Oct-09-15 8:41 am
MARGATE, New Jersey - An animal rights organization is offering to help save a giant wood and tin elephant if it can send a message about the plight of the real-life creatures.
- Facebook video leads to animal cruelty charges against man Updated: Oct-09-15 7:15 am
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A Sioux Falls man is charged with animal cruelty after the Humane Society alerted police to a Facebook post allegedly showing him slamming and strangling two dogs.
- People pack meeting of panel eyeing expansion of whale tanks Updated: Oct-08-15 5:38 pm
LONG BEACH, California - Protesters and supporters filled a meeting room Thursday where a California commission was considering a vast expansion to the tanks that SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego.
- No-kill shelter seeks to raise money by raffling off rifle Updated: Oct-08-15 1:09 pm
OTTUMWA, Iowa - A central Iowa animal shelter committed to not killing the dogs and cats in its care is raising money by raffling off a gun.
- Judge rules Mason City man can keep dog at center of dispute Updated: Oct-08-15 11:47 am
MASON CITY, Iowa - A judge has ruled that a man can keep a dog at the center of a dispute with a north Iowa animal shelter.
- Feds decide not to extend federal protection to tiny snail Updated: Oct-07-15 5:11 pm
OAK CREEK, Arizona - A tiny snail found along springs in Yavapai County won't be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
- Salt Lake County OKs pet sale ban aimed at puppy mills Updated: Oct-07-15 4:31 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake County has banned the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, joining a growing number of cities around the country in a step designed to reduce the number of pets born in inhumane conditions.
- Endangered Species Act list won't add American eels Updated: Oct-07-15 3:35 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen of the increasingly valuable species.
- Feds opt not to list 3 species in Idaho, surrounding states Updated: Oct-07-15 2:48 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Authorities say three species found in Idaho and neighboring states don't require federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
- $1,000 reward offered after pet cat found shot with arrow Updated: Oct-07-15 11:21 am
KALAMO TOWNSHIP, Michigan - A $1,000 reward is being offered for information after a wounded pet cat was found with an arrow through his chest in a rural part of Michigan.
- 2014 was banner year for pheasant hunting in North Dakota Updated: Oct-07-15 11:11 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Pheasant hunters in North Dakota enjoyed a banner year in 2014, and one expert says this year's bird harvest could be even better.
- Animal care staff from zoos across US getting training Updated: Oct-07-15 4:03 am
ROYAL OAK, Michigan - Participants in an immersive workshop this week at the Detroit Zoo will learn how to assess and improve animal welfare in zoos.
- Feds: Monkey farm now in compliance with guidelines Updated: Oct-06-15 3:01 am
LABELLE, Florida - Federal investigators say a Hendry County monkey farm has come into compliance with animal welfare guidelines after admitting "weaknesses" in some of its practices.
- Desert tortoise no longer candidate for federal protection Updated: Oct-05-15 8:19 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The Sonoran desert tortoise is not at risk for extinction and will no longer be listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.
- Residents along Hamilton Lake debate future of swans Updated: Oct-05-15 8:28 am
HAMILTON, Indiana - The wakeboarders and Jet Skiers of summer have gone.
- Animal welfare groups seek assistance for breeder inspection Updated: Oct-03-15 1:07 pm
DOWS, Iowa - Two Iowa animal welfare groups are asking the state and local law enforcement for help in inspecting a Dow dog breeder's operation.
- Conservationists rally in South Africa, other countries Updated: Oct-03-15 9:24 am
JOHANNESBURG - A vehicle carrying a rhino sculpture led anti-poaching marchers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Kenya's environment minister joined conservationists at a similar rally in Nairobi, the capital. In London, activists in elephant costumes demanded an end to the ivory trade.
- Humane Society open house to feature reunion Updated: Oct-03-15 2:20 am
SPEARFISH, South Dakota - The Western Hills Humane Society is showcasing its facilities and animals on Saturday during the organization' second open house.
- California dogs displaced by wildfires fly to Boise Updated: Oct-02-15 11:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Humane Society says it has welcomed a number of dogs from California shelters displaced by wildfires.
- W.Va. officials: social media key in albino deer kill case Updated: Oct-02-15 2:56 pm
MADISON, West Virginia - West Virginia wildlife officials are crediting social media for helping them crack the case of an albino deer that was killed out of season.
- Dozens of seized animals adopted out by Spearfish shelter Updated: Oct-02-15 10:18 am
SPEARFISH, South Dakota - When local police seized 42 dogs and cats destined for a Wisconsin puppy mill on April 25, the Western Hills Humane Society wasn't sure where they'd put all the animals. But, thanks to a little help from their friends, nearly all of the critters have been adopted.