animal cruelty

Photo provided by St. Joseph Co. Jail

Today the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's offfice in South Bend announced charges against an 18-year-old in an alleged case of animal torture and killing.

Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News

The details of animal abuse and neglect cases are often grim – pets deprived of food and water, small cages covered in feces, dogs forced to fight each other to the death.

But some of those cases never see a courtroom because of how Indiana defines abuse and neglect.

That’s starting to change as the result of new laws that took effect earlier this year.

'Your Animal Really Doesn't Have Any More Rights Than Your Handbag'

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The group that investigated animal cruelty at Fair Oaks Farms has now released a video from Natural Prairie Dairy. Activists with Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) hope to prevent the company from opening a farm in Indiana. 

Woman Convicted Of Leaving Dogs In Car At Dowagiac Casino

Jun 30, 2019

DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman will serve two years' probation in the death of two dogs and severe injuries to a third left in a vehicle for hours outside a casino in southwestern Michigan.

50-year-old Sherill Langford was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors have said the dogs were left in the vehicle in April outside Four Winds Casino in Dowagiac.

A third dog had to be treated for severe dehydration.

A link to the court documents in the case is below:

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal, with more money for schools over the next two years. Gaming legislation went through major changes. And an expansion of the state’s Stand Your Ground law is headed back to the House.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Senate Approves Scaled-Back Animal Cruelty Bill

Apr 10, 2019
Brandon Smith

Senate lawmakers this week approved legislation that aims to sharpen state law surrounding animal cruelty.

But the measure doesn’t go as far as its author originally wanted.