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  • Broken system fails abused animals in Dallas

    A FOX 4 Investigation uncovered that Dallas’s system to investigate animal cruelty is so broken, no one agency is tracking all animal cruelty cases from start to finish. Out of 4,000 animal cruelty calls received by Dallas in 2015, only 11 cases made it to the District Attorney for prosecution.
  • Broken system fails abused animals in Dallas

    A FOX 4 Investigation uncovered that Dallas’s system to investigate animal cruelty is so broken, no one agency is tracking all animal cruelty cases from start to finish. Out of 4,000 animal cruelty calls received by Dallas in 2015, only 11 cases made it to the District Attorney for prosecution.
  • Glamour Beasts: The dark side of elephant captivity

    The zoo industry claims that elephants are thriving inside U.S. zoos. But that’s not true. It never has been. The Times found that elephants are dying out inside zoos. For every elephant born, on average two others die. Just 288 elephants are left inside 78 accredited U.S. zoos. Captive elephants may be demographically extinct within 50 years – there won’t be enough females left to breed. The Times conducted a first-of-its-kind analysis of 390 elephant fatalities for the past 50 years. In a desperate race to make more baby elephants, Seattle’s Woodland Park has tried to artificially inseminate their Asian elephant, Chai, at least 112 times, sometimes adopting crude and reckless procedures. As nearly two dozen zoos have shutdown or plan to close elephant exhibits, nonprofit sanctuaries with thousands of acres represent one option for retired or unwanted elephants. But a zoo industry trade group is fighting a bitter battle to thwart sanctuaries and punish zoos that give up their elephants.
  • Off Track: Clandestine Racing in California

    This story delved into an unknown world of illegal and clandestine horse racing happening on private tracks throughout the state of California. The straight-track races occur on properties throughout the state. KCRA uncovered a world where drug deals, prostitution, illegal gambling and animal cruelty are the norm. KCRA got the point of view of investigators and a veterinary scientist who found that horses were being dosed with mixtures of cocaine and methamphetamine. Added to this was the fact that few local law enforcement know it's happening and state investigators don't have the resources to stop the racing from happening.
  • The Cruelest Show On Earth

    "The Cruelest Show on Earth" documents a disturbing history of injury, illness, abuse, and fatal accidents in Ringling's famed heard of performing elephants- and the chronic failure of the USDA to intervene, even at the urging of the agency's own investors.
  • Colorado Humane Society

    "Using informed sources and dozens of hours of hidden camera investigating, the 7 News investigative team uncovered fraud, mismanagement, a lack of fiscal accountability, a failure to follow sate laws and inadequate and improper care" of animals at the Colorado Humane Society.
  • Intolerable

    "This article covers the 10-year history of reported cruelty at the City of Albuquerque's two animal shelters. Reports started in 1996 when a local animal rights advocate witnessed a kennel worker using a control pole on a kitten. A number of lawsuits ensued over the next few years, with continuing reports of cruelty and an evaluation from the Humane Society of the United States that deemed practices at the shelters were considered improved. However, a follow-up evaluation from the Humane Society in December 2006 found that many inhumane practices continue at the shelters. The Humane Society credited most of the problems at the shelters to insufficient staff and resources -- issues that were raised to the mayor and management at animal services for years, and remain unsolved."
  • Puppy Heartbreak

    The website for South-Flordia's Wizard of Claws was known for selling dogs to celebrities along with many other customers, claiming its dogs to be of the best quality. But the dogs people received were very sick and unhealthy, some even dying. Some of the dogs were traced back to the "puppy mills" of the Midwest, where animals are poorly bred under even worse conditions
  • Parrots in Peril

    This package of stories exposed cruel and unsanitary conditions and practices in the parrot-breeding industry. A parrot breeding facility in Pierce County, Washington, had many birds that were dying of malnutrition, and the local humane society did not act despite having proof of cruelty. The story showed that substandard, giant factory farms are common in the pet bird industry, and that such conditions could lead to outbreaks of diseases such as avian flu.
  • Cruelty to Owners

    The 20/20 investigative team found animal protection groups (SPCA's) that unlawfully seized animals from owners and sold them for profit. One SPCA director was caught petitioning a judge for a search warrant. Following the story, an animal rescue group's leader resigned and was banned from serving as a witness in animal abuse cases.