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Animal Cruelty

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa — The yearslong fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

July 19, 2014 11:30 pmLoading…

Man charged with aggravated animal cruelty

HAMILTON — A Hamilton-area man who had numerous animals seized due to neglect is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty for failing to meet the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement.

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Broadwater officials bring animal cruelty charges

HELENA — The owners of a horse-boarding operation southeast of Helena have each been charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty.

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Missoula man accused of animal abuse during brutal cold

A Missoula man is accused of two counts of animal cruelty — a misdemeanor and a felony — for allegedly leaving two Labrador retrievers tied up and exposed to the brutal cold during February’s harshest weather.

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Billings man sentenced in assault, animal cruelty cases

Billings man sentenced in assault, animal cruelty cases

District Judge Russell Fagg ordered consecutive sentences to the state Department of Corrections for a Billings man who admitted assaulting his girlfriend and attacking her kitten.

March 04, 2014 4:55 pmLoading…
Public lands trapping ban initiative advances

Public lands trapping ban initiative advances

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has given backers of an initiative to ban trapping on public lands approval to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

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2 Alpine men cited for trapping violations

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wildlife officials have cited two Alpine men for setting game traps that caught two pet dogs near Jackson last November.

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Cop objects to dog owner’s cold act

Cop objects to dog owner’s cold act

CASPER, Wyo. — A police officer kept an eye on the two dogs in the red SUV. The animals remained unattended for at least 1½ hours Monday afternoon while the Casper wind chill registered minus 13 degrees.

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Traps capture pet dogs near Jackson

JACKSON — A resident has put up warning signs to alert pet owners of the presence of traps on National Forest land near Jackson after two pet dogs were caught in a trapper's snare and leghold traps.

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Joliet man who shot at officers sentenced

Joliet man who shot at officers sentenced

A Joliet man convicted in April of shooting at law enforcement officers after he shot and killed more than 50 sled dogs was sentenced in a Carbon County courtroom on Monday.

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Montana woman accused of leaving 12 cats to die

MISSOULA — Acting Justice of the Peace Mike Frellick ordered a 56-year-old Condon woman released from the Missoula County jail without bail after Missoula police found a dozen decomposing cats Wednesday in a residence she abandoned.

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Condon woman accused of abandoning cats that were found decomposing

MISSOULA — Acting Justice of the Peace Mike Frellick ordered a 56-year-old Condon woman released from the Missoula County jail without bail after Missoula police found a dozen decomposing cats Wednesday in a residence she abandoned.

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Convicted Carbon County horse abusers held in county jail

Convicted Carbon County horse abusers held in county jail

A Carbon County couple convicted last year of abusing horses is back in jail on new allegations that they violated a court order prohibiting them from keeping horses on their property.

July 23, 2013 2:30 pm Photos

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Court rejects cat hoarders' appeal of convictions

KALISPELL — The Montana Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a northwestern Montana couple’s conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals after 116 cats were found living in filthy, snowbound trailers.

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Wyoming state rep opposes move against horse slaughter plants

CHEYENNE -- State Rep. Sue Wallis says the Obama administration's proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption is "a pretty sorry situation."

April 12, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Revive HB279 to discourage animal fighting

Montana has the ugly distinction of being the only state in the nation where it’s legal to be a spectator at a dogfight. With the support of The Humane Society of the United States, law enforcement officials, other animal welfare groups and constituents, state lawmakers have been working har…

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Montana will oppose protections for wolverines

Montana will oppose protections for wolverines

Montana wildlife officials have given up on a wolverine trapping season this winter, but want the state excluded from future federal protections for the elusive predators so trapping can be revived.

January 08, 2013 8:21 am Photos

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Jefferson City man gets 30 years, 25 suspended, in malamute abuse case

Jefferson City man gets 30 years, 25 suspended, in malamute abuse case

BOULDER — Mike Chilinski, the Jefferson City man convicted of more than 90 counts of animal cruelty related to his malamute breeding operation, will be under state supervision and banned from owning any animals until he is in his 80s, according to a sentence handed down Wednesday.

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Livestock breeder Leachman sentenced to jail for horse abuse

Livestock breeder Leachman sentenced to jail for horse abuse

Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Larry Herman sentenced Billings livestock breeder James Leachman on Wednesday to serve five years in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, with all but 120 days suspended, for horse abuse.

December 12, 2012 2:24 pm Photos

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Closing statements in Yellowstone County horse abuse case

Closing statements in Yellowstone County horse abuse case

Attorneys for both sides made their closing statements in the the animal cruelty case against James Leachman.

December 04, 2012 4:59 pmLoading…

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