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Animal Control Officer Accused of Killing and Dumping More Than 100 Animals

CANTON, Miss., Jan. 8 (UPI) — A former animal control officer in Canton, Miss., shot and killed dozens of cats and dogs before dumping the animals’ bodies in a creek, officials allege.

Canton Alderman Charles Weems said Canton animal control worker Alonzo Esco was fired after being accused of killing 100 or more animals, whose remains were found in an area creek following a citizen complaint, the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reported Friday.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said Esco, who worked for the city for three years, has not been charged with any crimes.

Guest said the county prosecutor’s office is handling the case and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges could eventually be filed.

“At this point, I don’t see anything that would result in any felonies,” Guest added.

Weems told the Clarion-Ledger he was sickened by photos of the animals’ remains and compared Esco to NFL player Michael Vick, who was jailed for his involvement in a dogfighting ring.

“It’s unbelievable someone could do something like that to these animals,” Weems said. “This is worse than Michael Vick.”

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Two Toronto Animal Control Officers Arrested

TORONTO, Jan. 8 (UPI) — Two Toronto-area animal control officers were arrested in the midst of a long legal battle between two humane groups.

Police Thursday morning arrested Mark Beauchamp, an officer for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and charged him with obstruction of a peace officer, the Toronto Sun reported. The charge was based on allegations he informed Toronto Humane Society staff on June 2 the OSPCA had dispatched officers to inspect their facilities.

In November, the facility was closed to the public and senior staff were fired based on OSPCA allegations of neglect and abuse.

Later Thursday, police arrested Toronto Humane Society officer Trevor Smith and charged him with continuing to work as an officer while the society was suspended as an affiliate, the Toronto Star reported.

Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail reported the Toronto Humane Society, a registered charity, had spent $418,609 on lawyers in the first 11 months of last year and $276,248 on animal care.

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Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued from North Carolina's Outer Banks

MANTEO, N.C., Jan. 6 (UPI) — Dozens of endangered sea turtles are recuperating at a North Carolina aquarium after being rescued from the state’s Outer Banks beaches, an aquarist says.

North Carolina Aquarium aquarist Christian Guerreri said of the 44 sea turtles discovered in recent weeks on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, four have died and nine were relocated to other rehabilitation facilities, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Tuesday.

The cold-blooded animals appear to have beached themselves after being stunned by frigid water temperatures. The endangered animals are all either loggerhead, green or kemp’s ridley varieties of sea turtles.

The most recent addition came on Tuesday when one of the turtles was brought to the aquarium’s Network for Endangered Sea Turtles rehabilitation center.

The Virginian-Pilot said last year, 28 sea turtles were found beached in the Outer Banks area due to cold water temperatures.

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The Bob Barker, New Ship of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Chases Japanese Whaling Fleet off Adelie Coast

TMZ reports today:

Less than an hour ago The Bob Barker — a private ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — chased a fleet of Japanese whaling boats off the Adelie Coast.  It was the maiden voyage of the rehabbed ship — retrofitted thanks to a $5 mil donation from Mr. Price Is Right himself. We’re told the B.B. thwarted the whalers’ grand plan and they left sans any Shamus. The Bob Barker is still on the tail of the whaling fleet.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is most recently known for the Animal Planet television series, Whale Wars.

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$20 Admission Fees Charged at Texas Cockfight Event

POOLVILLE, Texas, Jan. 4 (UPI) — The suspected organizer of an alleged cockfight that took place in Parker County, Texas, charged each guest $20 in admission, authorities say.

The Dallas Morning News said Monday the alleged cockfighting operation also included a raffle for a new motor home and individuals offering T-shirts for sale to event attendees.

After authorities raided the suspected cockfighting operation on Saturday, a total of 176 people were arrested and nearly 12 children were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Authorities also seized more than 100 roosters and allegedly located six dead roosters on the targeted property.

“It was deeply disturbing to see the way in which live animals were handled and were expected to die by such a gruesome death,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement.

The suspected organizer of the operation was identified as Roy Dale Saxton. Saxton, 46, is currently free after paying a fine for a Class C misdemeanor gambling charge as authorities continue to investigate.

Authorities would not confirm if Saxton will likely face additional charges.

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PETA Tries to Erect Anti-KFC Statue of Bloodied Chicken on Crutches

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 4 (UPI) — An animal activist group said the city of Louisville, Ky., is keeping it from displaying a 5 1/2-foot statue of a bloodied chicken on crutches.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it wants to erect the statue that includes the words: “KFC Cripples Chickens” for three months to protest Kentucky Fried Chicken’s methods of handling and butchering its animals, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Sunday.

James Mims, director of the city’s department of codes and regulations, said the city has not denied PETA’s request but the group has not appropriately applied for a permit.

PETA attorney Martina Bernstein said the group originally applied for a permit in July, before permit laws were changed.

The new permit laws require neighboring businesses to OK the display, violating PETA’s First Amendment right to free speech, Bernstein said.

PETA’s original application met all existing requirements for temporary structures at the time, and should have gone through the city’s permit process before the new rules were written, Bernstein said.

“We will consider all options, whatever it takes” to get the statue up, PETA campaign coordinator Kristina Addington said.

KFC spokeswoman Laurie Schalow called the statue “yet another despicable publicity stunt that we hope the city will have the good sense to disapprove.”

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Texas Cockfight Raid Finds 114 Roosters and Produces 169 Arrests

POOLVILLE, Texas, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Authorities in Parker County, Texas, said 169 people were arrested and 114 roosters were seized during a raid of an area cockfight.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Saturday afternoon’s raid near Poolville, Texas, occurred after authorities kept the cockfighting site under surveillance for two weeks, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported.

Fowler said as part of the raid, as many as 15 children between the ages of 7 and 15 were placed into the custody of Child Protective Services.

The county sheriff said charges will vary among those arrested at the cockfight in the area barn.

“The people who were arrested will go before a judge and be charged with a gambling offense,” Fowler said. “We will look into charging some who were arrested with federal charges. A charge of engaging in organized crime is a possibility for some.”

The Star-Telegram said authorities found a number of dead and injured roosters at the cockfighting site, along with an unspecified amount of drugs and money.

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