BIG BAR, Calif. (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a mountain lion in Northern California says her dog jumped to her defense and was badly wounded in protecting her.
“I will ever be able to live up to how amazing and loyal she is to me,” Erin Wilson told the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man who has served less than a third of his maximum 28-year prison sentence for killing and torturing dogs has been denied early release.
The state parole board announced Monday it had denied Jason Brown's request in April for early release after authorities determined he'd been misclassified as a violent offender.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to lifesaving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the Iditarod announced Thursday they have reversed the penalties levied against two mushers who were demoted in final standings for breaking a rule against sheltering their dogs inside a cabin during vicious storms near the end of this year’s race across Alaska.
SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of shooting her dogs multiple times with a BB gun to keep them from escaping her yard, sheriff's officials said.
The 37-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty, Hernando County Sheriff's officials said in a Facebook post.
WILSONS, Va. (AP) — Soon after Jim Medeiros bought his 143-acre (58-hectare) cattle and poultry farm in rural Virginia a decade ago, he and his wife were startled by the sounds of 20 hunting dogs barking and howling as they circled their house and chased their chickens.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shooting his girlfriend, the woman's father and the family dog at their Southern California home, authorities said.
Officers responding to reports of a family disturbance found the 27-year-old woman and her 61-year-old father with gunshot wounds Saturday at the residence in Oxnard, police said.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A dog will do the honors at the “ribbon cutting” for the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s new pet clinic.
A toy will be attached to a ribbon held by VIPs at the Stephenson Pet Clinic on Monday afternoon, and a Belgian Malinois named Mac will pull it away from them, veterinary school spokeswoman Ginger Guttner said.
KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois man was attacked and killed by his own dog, police say.
Juan Ruiz, 66, of Kewanee, died April 29 after he was attacked while breaking up a fight between his pit bull and another dog in his home, Kewanee Police Chief Nicholas Welgat said Monday.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Vera Rasnake laughed as she led a trio of barking, jostling dogs into the Iowa Greyhound Park, but her smile faded when she acknowledged that after 41 years of being around the sleek animals, her sport was teetering on extinction.
RED BAY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says a public health worker was killed by dogs after she went to a home to follow up on a report about dogs attacking and injuring another person days earlier.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being homeless in Los Angeles and struggling with addiction is hard enough, but Rachel Niebur couldn't imagine enduring it without her dog Petey.
Niebur credits her constant companion, an energetic black and white chihuahua mix, with helping her keep off drugs and giving her a reason to get up in the morning.
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — More than 30 dogs have been seized in a North Carolina city after law enforcement officers broke up a dog-fighting ring, authorities said.
Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement responded to a Gastonia address on Thursday to investigate a report of dogs fighting in the backyard, the Gaston Gazette reported.
WALLINGFORD, CT. (AP) — A Wallingford man has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge after police said he was seen on video manhandling a Siberian husky puppy with its snout taped shut.
The 27-year-old man was released on $50,000 bond after his arrest Friday.
DETROIT (AP) — Two girls were hospitalized in stable condition after being attacked by two dogs during recess Thursday at a Detroit elementary school, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Research confirms what dog lovers know — every pup is truly an individual.
Many of the popular stereotypes about the behavior of golden retrievers, poodles or schnauzers, for example, aren't supported by science, according to a new study.
PICO RIVERA, Calif. (AP) — A 1-year-old Southern California girl and three other people were injured in an attack by two family dogs that forced the child’s mother to stab one of the pit bulls to death, family members told local TV stations.
FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A man allegedly bit and stabbed a police dog in Northern California as officers tried to take him into custody Wednesday, authorities said.
The man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to Fairfield police.
WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Emergency responders rescued 50 dogs and cats from a fire at a pet boarding facility in Westport after three people had escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window, authorities said Thursday.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings woman has died of injuries suffered when she was attacked by three dogs earlier this month, police said.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Twenty communities across Tennessee will be awarded $25,000 to help build or enhance existing dog parks, said Randy and Jenny Boyd, with the Boyd Foundation.
According to a news release, the Boyd Foundation is accepting applications for dog park grants until May 31.
EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have seized 65 dogs and puppies from a central Michigan home.
They were found last week after Montcalm County's Animal Control office served a search warrant on the Edmore-area house, The Daily News of Greenville reported Tuesday.
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs woman is recovering after police say she was mauled by five dogs.
Hobbs police said in a news release Monday the 46-year-old woman was recuperating at home.
The incident happened Saturday after she was dropped off at a friend's house.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A physical therapist from Connecticut was convicted Thursday evening of killing his wife, three young children and the family's dog two years ago in central Florida.
A 12-member jury found Anthony Todt guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of animal cruelty.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pack of sled dogs belonging to an Iditarod veteran and reality TV star killed a family pet in Alaska, officials said.
Authorities in Wasilla are investigating the March 30 incident involving dogs owned by musher Jessie Holmes, who finished third in year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and stars in “Life Below Zero: Alaska” on the National Geographic channel.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man who has served less than eight years of a maximum 28-year prison sentence for killing and torturing dogs urged the parole board to release him after authorities determined he'd been misclassified as a violent offender.
HEMET, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl is recovering after being attacked by a dog at a Southern California home used as a day care center, officials said.
The girl suffered bite wounds to her face, arms and stomach area and received 180 stitches after the attack April 2 in Hemet, said Riverside County Department of Animal Services Lt.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gunman accused of shooting and seriously wounding Lady Gaga's dog walker and stealing her two French bulldogs was mistakenly released from jail and is being sought, authorities said Friday.
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A hunting dog has been bitten by a wolf in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The dog and another beagle were being trained Tuesday by their owner near a trailhead in Marquette when the attack occurred, according to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources.
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — A former southwest Missouri sheriff's deputy faces animal abuse charges after his girlfriend's dog died of injuries that included fractured ribs and a liver laceration.
The preliminary hearing for 24-year-old Zachary Cook, of Mount Vernon, is scheduled for April 12.
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is facing charges that he shot and killed his dog and then dumped the body.
Cranston police said Friday that the 37-year-old city resident shot his family's 18-month-old male dog in the head earlier this week.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from a multi-state dog fighting conspiracy probe, officials said.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's U.S. senators called Thursday on a federal agency to immediately suspend the license of a dog breeding facility where recent inspections have found repeated animal welfare violations.
TAMA, Iowa (AP) — A woman who lived in the Meskwaki settlement in east-central Iowa has been fatally mauled by a pack of dogs, tribal police said.
The Meskwaki Nation Police Department said in a Facebook post that the mauling happened Monday afternoon, describing the incident as a “vicious attack" by a large pack of dogs that killed a young woman in the area of Springs Road.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some West Virginia schools will have a new face joining students this year: therapy dogs to offer companionship and comfort.
Friends With Paws will be a partnership between the governor's office, West Virginia Communities in Schools Nonprofit and the state Department of Education.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fierce winter storm in the last stretch of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog, which ultimately forced six mushers to scratch the same day, now has cost three other mushers for sheltering their dogs instead of leaving them outside in the harsh conditions.
HEBRON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities found more than 30 dogs, more than a dozen cats and a variety of other animals living in filthy conditions inside and outside a house, state police said Saturday.
ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina dog owner has been charged in connection with a severe attack that led the victim to have her arms amputated.
The man was arrested Wednesday, according to the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A Delaware police officer responding to a domestic incident Thursday shot and wounded a dog that ran at him, officials said.
New Castle County police officers were dispatched to a domestic incident on Tamara Circle on Thursday afternoon, police said in a news release.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi animal shelter is inundated with dogs and cats and urging people to consider adopting.
More than 450 animals are at the Humane Society of South Mississippi, which has a building capacity of 287, WLOX-TV reported.
HONEA PATH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman had her arms amputated after being mauled by three dogs as she walked down a road, her family said.
Kyleen Waltman, 38, was attacked Monday morning while walking to her home in Honea Path, her sister, Shenna Green, told news outlets.
MARTINEZ, Ga. (AP) — A seven-month-old infant died Tuesday after being attacked by a family dog in suburban Augusta.
The attack happened around noon at a home in the City of Martinez, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Saline County woman has been found shot to death, along with her two dogs, in her home, sheriff's officials said, and her boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Deputies were called Monday evening to the home just a couple of miles south of Salina to check on the well-being of a person there and found 50-year-old Laurie Leanne Likins and two dogs dead, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The last musher has arrived in Nome, ending the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race across Alaska.
Musher Apayauq Reitan of Kaktovik, Alaska, crossed the finish late Saturday night, winning the Red Lantern award and $1,000 for being the final sled dog team to reach the Bering Sea coastal community on Alaska's western coast.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three additional mushers running at the back of the pack have scratched from this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after accepting assistance during a massive ground storm.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A man convicted of torturing, killing and dismembering seven dogs is eligible for possible release years earlier than originally believed, officials said.
The Nevada Department of Corrections originally calculated that Jason Brown, 32, would not have a chance for parole until 2025 but now says that was legally incorrect under Nevada law because his crimes involved dogs, not people, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two back-of-the-pack mushers had to be rescued in separate incidents from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Friday after winds from a severe ground storm caused deteriorating conditions, race officials said.
LEBANON JUNCTION, Ky. (AP) — A man accused of firing at officers and killing a police dog has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and assault on a service animal, Kentucky State Police said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Labrador retrievers are still tugging hardest on U.S. dog lovers' heartstrings, but poodles just strutted back into the American Kennel Club's top five most popular dog breeds for the first time in nearly a quarter-century.