"OP" lost the use of his back legs after his owner Ron Jackson allegedly shot him 12 times, choked him with an electrical cord and threw him in a dumpster in St. Louis, Missouri. A city employee discovered the abused dog in September and notified the Stray Rescue of St. Louis, which worked with the mayor's Animal Cruelty Task Force to identify a suspect and ultimately make an arrest on Nov. 19, 2012. OP reportedly remains in the care of the founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis, and with the help of a donated, custom-built cart he can now walk.
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This Sept. 23, 2012, photo made available by the Audubon Nature Institute shows a bottlenose dolphin with a gunshot wound near the blowhole. The dead dolphin was found near Elmer's Island, Louisiana. Recently, dolphins have been washing up on shore with bullets wounds, jaws and tails missing, heartbreaking discoveries for scientists along the Gulf Coast.
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Prosecutors say a 22-year-old man clubbed a monkey to death with a tree branch, after he was bitten by the animal while trying to steal it from a Boise zoo. Michael J. Watkins entered Zoo Boise on Nov. 17, 2012, manipulated a lock to get into the primate enclosure and removed the patas monkey by wrapping it in his jacket, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Fafa Alidjani told reporters after Watkins was arraigned in Boise's 4th District Court.
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The group Mercy For Animals posted the videotaped abuse of cows at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho on Youtube in Oct. 2012, after an undercover investigation of what the group calls "sadistic animal torture." Three workers were charged with criminal animal cruelty and fired by the dairy owner, Louis Bettencourt, who said he was sickened by the video. The description of the video by MFA says the dairy workers were caught "viciously beating and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain." At one point the video shows a cow being dragged on the floor by a chain attached from her neck to a moving tractor.
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Ana Gutierrez, 52, was arrested on Nov. 24, 2012, for violating state law after she was captured in a photograph riding a manatee at a Florida park. Officials said Gutierrez contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and admitted to riding the manatee at Fort De Soto Park in September. Gutierrez said she was new to the area and didn't know it was against the law to touch or harass manatees, which are an endangered animal under Florida state law.
Northeastern Pennsylvania woman Holly Crawford was sentenced to six months of house arrest in 2010 for piercing kittens' ears with a 14-gauge needle and selling them as "gothic kittens" over the Internet. She was also forced to close her animal grooming business for more than two years.
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In June 2011, a wheelchair was stolen from a disabled dog named Lucky in West Roxbury, Mass. The dog's owner, Dave Feeney, told CBS affiliate WBZ-TV that someone took the device that helps his 12-year-old Belgian Shepherd get around. Lucky was reportedly left without the use of his hind legs after being hit by a car a few years ago. HandicappedPets.com donated a new adjustable chair to the dog.
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Sean Lynde, a graphic designer accused of surreptitiously killing a series of his girlfriend's cats, pleaded guilty in the summer of 2010 to aggravated animal cruelty. Although initially charged with killing five of the woman's cats and torturing a sixth, Lynde acknowledged killing only a kitten called Bonafide, found with a broken neck in Jan. 2009. Thanks to a plea deal he did not receive jail time.
Pictured: Two of the woman's slain cats, Bonifide and Emo.
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David Skeberdis is seen here checking a cage of birds he recently removed from his house in Aurora, Ill., after officials determined he was "hoarding" over 350 live birds, and more than 100 dead ones. He was cited for "companion animal hoarding," which is defined as someone who possesses a large number of pets but is unable to provide proper care for the animal. The rescued birds were given to a non-profit group. The charge against Skeberdis is a class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail term of six months along with probation, possible fines and counseling. He also may barred from owning an animal.
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Two University of California-Berkeley law school students were arrested in Oct. 2012 after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird that was part of a Las Vegas resort attraction. Eric Cuella, 24, and Justin Teixeira, 24, were arrested and jailed on charges of suspicion of conspiracy and willful malicious killing of wildlife. The two men were allegedly seen on Friday laughing and throwing the body of a helmeted guineafowl (like the one pictured above) at the Flamingo resort-casino. The animal was a part of the Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat, a garden area that is home to many types of birds. Surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees, authorities say. Witnesses told police that the two emerged carrying the body and severed bird head.
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In December 2012, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offered a $1,000 reward for information in the killing of at least nine cats over the previous few weeks in Lawrence, Mass. The cats appeared to have been tortured to death, and veterinarians told CBS Boston that they believe the animals were swung by their tails and thrown onto a hard surface.