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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Man arrested, 13 roosters euthanized after authorities bust cockfighting ring in Grant County

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the raid followed a yearlong investigation, and inside the home authorities “found 13 birds that were physically modified to reduce blood loss during cockfighting.”


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Idaho woman charged after 58 animals rescued from home

An Idaho woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities rescued 58 animals from her 600-square-foot home, most of them Papillon toy dogs.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Most animal cruelty isn’t a federal crime. That changes Monday, when a bipartisan bill becomes law.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign into law Monday a new federal ban on animal cruelty, called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

$1M bail set for 22-year-old man accused of rape, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault

A 22-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and abusing her and her dog during two separate incidents in October is being held on $1 million bond while he …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Judge dismisses felony cruelty charges in squirrel deaths

A Greenacres woman is no longer facing nine felony charges for her efforts to prevent squirrels from raiding her beloved walnut tree. But for the nine squirrels, the death penalty …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

Greenacres woman faces animal abuse charges over nine electrocuted squirrels

A Greenacres woman is accused of electrocuting nine squirrels that tried to scale her electric fence and steal walnuts from her backyard tree.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Dog abandoned in crate in Spokane Valley died from dehydration and starvation, SCRAPS says

A necropsy showed the dog’s cause of death was starvation and dehydration “attributable to abandonment in her crate.”


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

SCRAPS asks for donations to care for 43 cats that were ‘living in decrepit conditions’

Nearly four dozen cats “living in decrepit conditions” were seized Monday afternoon by Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service workers from a home in Spokane Valley.


Rancher says blizzard killed 29 cows in Franklin County. Deputies say they starved.

An Idaho sheep rancher is under investigation for animal cruelty after 29 dead cows were spotted this week off U.S. Highway 395.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Washington lawmakers consider banning transport of horses for meat, strengthening dog fighting prohibition

Washington could make it easier to crack down on dog fighting and selling horses to be slaughtered for human consumption under bills trying to survive a deadline in a House …


Idaho Humane Society blasts jury verdict, calls feeding of live puppy to turtle ‘wanton cruelty’

Idaho’s largest animal welfare organization sharply criticized the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty, warning that the case would become a “rallying cry” for renewed efforts …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018

Idaho teacher accused of animal cruelty pleads not guilty at court appearance Tuesday

A Preston Junior High teacher accused of animal cruelty in connection with the feeding of a classroom animal in March pleaded not guilty to the charge in Franklin County Court …


Alabama woman charged in death of dog left in car

An Alabama woman charged with animal cruelty after her dog died while locked in a hot car said she doesn’t recall the events that led to the animal’s death.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018

Teacher charged with misdemeanor after reports of feeding puppy to turtle

An Idaho teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018

Spokane County deputies arrest man accused of killing, mutilating horse to get back at ex-girlfriend

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say a man killed and mutilated one of his horses because his ex-girlfriend didn’t want to be with him anymore.


Chimacum man charged with cruelty after 7 starving bison rescued

A 72-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after seven starving bison were removed from a Chimacum Valley Field last month.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

2 charged in shooting of 5-month-old puppy at park

Two men have been charged with animal cruelty in the shooting of a 5-month-old labradoodle that survived its injuries.


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018

Rescue4All seeking compensation for animals rescued last year

A nonprofit rescue organization that took in dozens of neglected animals following a raid on a Stevens County home last year says it is still waiting for compensation for its …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

‘Justice for Hank’ dog-beating trial ends in guilty verdict

After nearly a year of campaigning, investigating and pleading, it appears a family’s pursuit to find “Justice for Hank” may be coming to a close.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Idaho investigates claims that teacher fed puppy to turtle

The Idaho attorney general’s office says it’s investigating an alleged animal cruelty case amid claims that a teacher fed a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several …


Texas authorities: At least 12 arrested for animal ritual

Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Puppy abandoned in a sealed plastic box along I-90 draws thousands of Spokane adoption inquiries

A trucker found Charlie, a 3-month-old puppy, sealed in a plastic bin near an Interstate 90 exit on Tuesday. The pup is now in the custody of SCRAPS as adoption …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Washington state couple sentenced to jail for animal cruelty

A Deer Park couple has been sentenced to jail after nearly 40 dogs and some cats were removed from their property.


Trial in seizure of 84 Great Danes to begin in New Hampshire

A New Hampshire woman charged with animal cruelty after 84 Great Danes were seized from her home is going on trial, but first a judge will consider her request to …


Vietnam resumes controversial water buffalo fighting

Vietnam’s annual water buffalo fighting festival resumed Thursday despite calls for an end to the traditional event because of its violence.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Two Idaho women use beating death of dog as catalyst to toughen Idaho cruelty laws

It was a dog owner’s worst nightmare that fueled a mother and daughter’s fight for harsher animal cruelty laws in Idaho.


Oregon court rules couple must surgically ‘debark’ dogs

An Oregon court has ruled a couple must have their dogs surgically “debarked” after causing their neighbors several years of disruption.


Oregon puppy strangler sentenced to 3 years in prison

An Oregon woman accused of strangling her neighbor’s puppy has pleaded no contest to aggravated animal abuse and been sentenced to more than three years behind bars.


Montana man pleads no contest to cruelty after horse dies

A Montana man has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of animal cruelty after his horse died from an injury.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Dog tethering safety standards in Washington adopted by city of Spokane

Adopting the safety requirements laid out in a new state law will allow agents from SCRAPS, the region’s animal control agency, to issue citations within city limits, Director Nancy Hill …