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Homeowner Powerless To Keep Giant Birds From ‘Painting’ Deck

California condors are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Taking, shooting, injuring, or killing a condor are violations of these acts. The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Endangered Species Act is one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Florida’s Invasive Species Fiasco

"There are a lot of wild pigs right now, that is all I am really focused on are pigs currently...they were imported back, I believe it was the 1700s by the Spaniards as a food source and then they multiplied into the millions."

Pit Bulls Kill Dog Sitter’s 7-Year-Old Girl

NEWSWEEK – A child has died and her mother hospitalized after they were attacked by at least one dog in North Carolina on Tuesday. Police in Garner, the North Carolina town where the incident happened, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the 7-year-old and her mother were seriously injured during the attack. The pair were both taken to a WakeMed medical center in Garner for treatment. The girl died as a result of her...

Texas Man Dies In Killer Bee Attack

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man died after going into cardiac arrest when he was attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees outside his home, authorities said. Thomas Hicks, 70, was mowing his lawn Monday when he was repeatedly stung by the bees outside his home in Breckenridge, about 130 miles west of Dallas, authorities said. The Breckenridge Fire Department said first responders faced “very aggressive bee activity” when they arrived at the home. Medics...

Worker Attacked Inside Wolf ‘Sanctuary’

FOX NEWS – A worker at the same exotic animal preserve where a lion killed an intern in 2018 was attacked by two juvenile wolves on Saturday. The Conservators Center, located in Burlington, N.C., said a professionally trained animal keeper was performing "routine activities" with two of the Center’s wolves when he was bitten.   The attack happened within the wolves’ secure enclosure, separated from the public tour path by multiple fencing barriers, the Center said in...

Flea Collar Linked To 1,698 Pet Deaths; Feds Take No Action

USA TODAY – Rhonda Bomwell had never used a flea and tick collar before. Pierre, her 9-year-old Papillon service dog, was mostly an indoor animal. Still, her veterinarian recommended she purchase one, so Bomwell went to the pet store near her home in Somerset, New Jersey, and selected Bayer’s Seresto collar. A day later, on June 2, 2020, Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing...

Is Florida Doing Enough To Exterminate Invasive Species?

In fact, non-native reptile species now outnumber native reptiles by 3 to 1 in Florida.

Shocking Animal Cruelty Charges Investigated Against K-9 Officer [VIDEO]

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — An investigation of K-9 training is underway after video showed a North Carolina officer lifting a dog by a leash and slamming the animal into the side of a police vehicle, officials said. Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes told news outlets he couldn't comment in detail on what happened. Stokes said the dog, Zuul, wasn't hurt or stunned and has since been separated from the officer. Zuul was on hand with Stokes...

Entire Shipload Of 895 Cattle To Be Put Down Over Health Suspicions

PLUS: Blood-hued food coloring added to Impossible Beef  MADRID (AP) — Nearly 900 cattle that have been on a ship traveling the Mediterranean Sea for two months will be sacrificed after veterinarians deemed them no longer fit for export, Spanish authorities said. A total of 895 cattle set sail from the Spanish port of Cartagena on Dec. 18 in the cargo ship named Karim Allah destined for export to Turkey. Turkish port authorities, however, refused to...

Florida Man “Sadistically Mutilated” Pets, Cites Stress, Anxiety

KIRO-7 NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida man killed at least eight hamsters in an effort to relieve stress and anger, investigators said. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said Christian Hunter, 21, severed the head of a hamster and left the remains of the mutilated animal in a blood-smeared box on the side of the road, WINK reported. A resident found the box Jan. 5 and told detectives she had found several others over the last year with...

Tot, 3, Maimed By Pit Bull Inside Texas Restaurant; Dog Owner BLAMES CHILD

A Texas dog owner is now facing charges after her animal mauled a 3-year-old girl at a restaurant, leaving the child with severe face injuries that may require plastic surgery to repair, reports say.

52 Dogs Rescued From China Meat Trade Arrive In US

Dozens of pups saved from potentially ending up in the Chinese dog meat trade have arrived in the Big Apple en route to their forever families.

Cattle Feces Found In US-Grown Leafy Greens

FDA tests show cattle lot implicated in leafy greens E. coli outbreak FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Cattle feces from a lot uphill from produce growing fields were contaminated with dangerous E. coli that matches the strain from outbreaks in the falls of 2019 and 2020 that were linked to leafy greens. Federal officials announced the cattle connection today, although they did not report who owns or operates the animal or produce operations. The 2020 outbreak was one...

110 Dogs And Cats Dead, 210 Poisoned After Eating This Pet Food Brand

The Food and Drug Administration has updated the number of pet deaths to 110 in connection to fatal levels of aflatoxin in Midwestern Pet Foods Inc.’s recalled dog and cat food products.

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