Animal welfare

Scamp the Tramp is held by Darlene Wright after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., on Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 22, 2019 - 12:51 am
Scamp the Tramp will never win a beauty contest. But he's won an ugly one. The bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch took top honors Friday night at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, won an appearance with Scamp on the "Today" show, $1,500 in cash,...
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Scamp the Tramp rests after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
June 22, 2019 - 12:17 am
The Latest on the Ugly Dog Contest in California (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner — but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Owner...
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June 21, 2019 - 1:07 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers who deal with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore...
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June 19, 2019 - 12:46 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says two species of herring are not at risk of going extinct, and will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the government has finished a review of the status of alewife and blueback...
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June 14, 2019 - 2:21 pm
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Members of a family say they are hurt after a North Carolina animal shelter mistakenly euthanized their dog in a paperwork mix-up. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the dog was a 16-month-old Australian cattle dog named Blaze. The dog's owner, Joey Varker, posted on social...
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In this May 13, 2019, photo, Bella the vervet monkey looks at the camera at Primates Inc., in Westfield, Wis. Besides Bella, previously a pet, the sanctuary has five rhesus macaque monkeys that were previously used in medical research. More research labs are retiring primates to sanctuaries like Primates Inc., a 17-acre rural compound in central Wisconsin, where they can live their remaining years after research studies are done, according to sanctuaries and researchers. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
June 13, 2019 - 7:45 am
WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement — in larger enclosures that let them venture outside,...
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This undated photo provided by the Newton County Sheriff's Office in Kentland, Ind., shows Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez. An animal rights group that infiltrated a popular Indiana dairy farm and captured disturbing undercover video that has led to animal cruelty charges against three former farm workers including Gardozo-Vasquez released new footage Wednesday, June 12, 2019, showing workers punching and striking adult cows with poles while loading them into a farm milking carousel. (Newton County Sheriff's Office via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 7:46 pm
FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — An animal rights group that infiltrated a popular Indiana dairy farm and captured disturbing undercover video that has led to animal cruelty charges against three former farm workers released new footage Wednesday showing workers punching and striking adult cows with poles...
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Vino Rosso and jockey John Velazquez outgame Gift Box with jockey Joel Rosario for victory in the Grade I, The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Monday, May 27, 2019. They won the Grade I, $500,000 The Gold Cup horse racing. (Benoit Photo via AP)
May 27, 2019 - 9:55 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The owner of Santa Anita is investigating whether new rules were followed before the 26th horse death at the Southern California racetrack. Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday after injuring his left front leg in a race a day earlier. It was the third horse...
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FILE - This February 2017 file photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a wolf of the Wenaha Pack captured on a remote camera on U.S. Forest Service land in Oregon's northern Wallowa County. A federal proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list has divided states in the West, and has even exposed conflicting views among top officials in Oregon. The governor said Thursday, May 16, 2019, it's critically important that range-wide recovery efforts for wolves across the West be maintained. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)
May 16, 2019 - 6:56 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states. California says it...
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This May, 2019 photo from the San Diego Humane Society shows five kittens that had that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego being cared for at the organization's San Diego office. The group says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. On April 24, 2019, construction workers building new Kaiser Permanente medical offices heard meows coming from the column. They tilted the column and the week-old kittens slid out. The kittens are now in foster care and will be ready for adoption in another couple of months. (San Diego Humane Society via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 9:18 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five kittens that stowed away on a 400-mile trip to San Diego are looking for new homes. The San Diego Humane Society says the kittens somehow wound up inside a 60-foot steel column that was trucked from Hayward in the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. On April 24, construction...
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