Animals

2 Jeannette neighbors charged with neglect of animals

Two Jeannette neighbors were charged Tuesday with neglect of animals after five pit bulls were found without water last year and infected with parasites, according to court papers.

Investigators said the animals belonged to Dale A. Shaw, 65, and Elaine Decker, no age available, was their caretaker. Both live on Chestnut Street.

The animals were discovered July 23 after police were called to Shaw’s property when one of the dogs broke free from its chain and attacked another dog, according to court papers. Shaw was notified to take the injured animal to a veterinarian, but failed to do so, police

read more

Human-like intelligence in animals is far more common than we thought

Stories of clever animals abound, from pigs playing video games to monkeys trading mobile phones – now tests reveal that they don’t merely act on instinct but can think flexibly, like us



Life



7 April 2021

Brett Ryder

BARELY a month goes by without a new tale of animals behaving brightly. There are orangutans that craft umbrellas out of plant leaves, and chimps that employ stones as hammers with a technique that is uncannily similar to one seemingly used by our Stone Age ancestors. In Bali, long-tailed macaques steal from tourists and then exchange their

read more

Jack Hanna, beloved animal expert, stepping away because of dementia

“Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease,” Hanna’s family wrote in a statement posted to his verified Twitter account.

“His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated,” the statement read. “Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him.”

“Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animals became a staple on late-night and daytime TV, thanks to his many appearances on shows like “The Tonight

read more

Lizards, tarantulas, 22-year-old tortoise among slew of exotic animals seized from Lansing home

LANSING, MI – About 40 animals, including lizards, tarantulas, a prairie dog and a 22-year-old desert tortoise, were removed from a Lansing home this week.

Ingham County Animal Control officers also found rats, mice, an iguana and about two dozen dogs and cats, according to the Associated Press.

The Ingham County Animal Shelter is asking for donations to help with the care of the animals, especially the cats.

“With this number of animals, our care and medical staff is taxed to the limit so we will be closing to cat intakes until further notice,” a Facebook post reads. “If you

read more

UPDATE: Multiple exotic animals seized from Lansing home

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Ingham County Animal Control officers seized nearly 40 animals from a house on Vermont St. in Lansing this afternoon.

More than a dozen dogs and cats were seized along with a variety of exotic reptiles and pocket pets.

Heidi Williams, the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter director, said they received about 40 animals, including an iguana, a tegu, a desert tortoise, a prairie dog, geckos, and tarantulas.

Williams said the animals were seized because they were in unsanitary conditions and were not receiving proper care.

Williams said they started looking at the house because of

read more

Undercover footage shows ‘gratuitous cruelty’ at Spanish animal testing facility | Animal experimentation

Undercover footage of “gratuitous cruelty and abuse” allegedly taken in an animal testing facility in Spain – which has previously secured funding from the EU and Spanish authorities for projects – has been published, amid calls for the centre’s closure.

Madrid-based contract research organisation Vivotecnia conducts experiments on a range of animals including monkeys, dogs, mini pigs, rats, mice and rabbits for the biopharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, tobacco and food industries. An animal rights organisation said the footage was taken by a whistleblower who worked at the facility between 2018 and 2020. It appears to show animals housed in barren conditions,

read more