South Florida animal vet pleads guilty to child porn charges

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Prentiss Madden, an Aventura veterinarian, pleaded guilty to having child pornography and abusing a dog.

– Caring Hands Animal Hospital

A South Florida veterinarian pleaded guilty Thursday to not only receiving and possessing thousands of child porn images of male infants and toddlers engaged in sex with adults, but also to making several videos of himself having sex with dogs and sharing them through social media on the internet.

While the federal child pornography charges against Prentiss Madden, 40, are commonplace in South Florida, the additional charge accusing him of creating “animal crush” videos is unprecedented in the U.S. court

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Why animals recognise numbers but only humans can do math

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Counting feels utterly effortless to adults, who are unlikely to even remember when or how they picked up this useful, apparently automatic skill. Yet when you think about it, counting is a remarkable invention. It helped early humans to trade, apportion food and organize fledgling civilisations, laying the foundations for life as we know it today.

But a sensitivity for numbers isn’t uniquely human. Tiny guppies and honeybees as well as hyenas and dogs have been found to perceive and act on numerical stimuli. So responding to numbers is an evolved trait we seem to share

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Augusta animal activist Willene Colvin jailed on cruelty charge

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The head of an Augusta animal rescue was sentenced to 10 days in jail and several dozen dogs were removed her home Thursday after an emaciated, sick dog was found in her care. 

Willene Colvin, 75, who ran Save the Animals Rescue Society in Hephzibah, had been on probation since April on a prior animal-related charge. One of the conditions of her probation was not to be cited again, but on July 1 she was charged with animal cruelty.

Alyssa Shelton, a senior animal control officer with Augusta Animal Services, testified she found a dog named Cinnamon unable to walk,

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Currituck Animal Shelter euthanizes 52 cats and kittens; advocates cry foul

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The Currituck Animal Shelter staff euthanized a total of 52 cats and kittens on July 8, saying each cat was suffering from severe symptoms of a highly contagious virus.

Currituck officials put out a statement about the incident Thursday after the county’s SPCA posted a scathing narrative on Facebook about the mass euthanization, saying protocol wasn’t followed.

“Due to a great deal of misinformation circulating on social media, including personal attacks on county employees, Currituck County is providing correct information regarding this situation,” the statement read.

An outline on how this situation unfolded, according to the county:

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These Cute Animals Are On the Mend After Reckoning With West Coast Wildfires

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It’s fire season again in the Western United States with temperatures up and rainfall levels down. Massive wildfires are wreaking havoc on humans and animals alike, but nothing can keep these cute critters down. Read ahead and view five adorable animals who have faced down west coast fires, and come out the other side still looking like total sweetie pies.

Meet Tamarack the black bear cub, named for the forest fire that injured his tiny jelly bean paws. The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care said in a series of Facebook posts that it got a call from a homeowner who saw

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