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Over 400 Neglected Animals — Including Cats, Rabbits, Turtles, & Even An Alligator — Rescued From A Single Disgusting Home!

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This must have been one truly disgusting rescue mission.

When you hear "Operation Noah's Ark", you may be inclined to imagine a group of people pleasantly interacting with sets of beautiful animals.

Unfortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth… as authorities in Upstate New York just rescued more than 400 animals from a home in worse than dire living conditions!

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According to the Nassau County SPCA, workers were called to a home on Tuesday when neighbors reported strange smells and noises coming from the house… only to find hundreds of birds, turtles, and other pets and wildlife left to die.

Apparently, home owner Gary Gruber had become too old to take care of the animals himself, and despite his best efforts, the creatures were living inside feces-encrusted cages that took eight hours to clean.

Of the 400+ animals found, authorities identified 251 birds, 151 turtles, four reptiles and a dozen mammals — including rabbits, prairie dogs, a chinchilla, a skunk, and even African Grey parrots and other endangered tortoise species!

This news comes less than a year after Gary was cited for keeping a 4-foot long alligator in his home… but for some reason, he was allowed to keep his six cats and dogs despite potentially facing animal cruelty charges.

Thankfully, the birds and turtles have been taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Long Island.

[Image via Newsday.]

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Lisa Vanderpump, Leona Lewis, & Diane Warren Team Up To End Dog Torture Forever! Check Out (We Are All) Looking For Home!

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Powerful music can help inspire change.

Last year, Lisa Vanderpump teamed up with Sharon Osbourne in hopes of putting an end to the Yulin Dog Festival — the annual Chinese festival that tortures and slaughters thousands of dogs for their meat.

Now with her animal activism hat on, the Real Housewives star has joined forces with Diane Warren and Leona Lewis to release a haunting charity song to raise awareness about the cruel festival!

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The chilling ballad (We Are All) Looking For Home was written by Warren, performed by Leona, and produced by Lisa's Stop Yulin Forever and Vanderpump Dog Foundation, in hopes of giving a voice to end puppy pain.

And while there's no formula to create change, the X Factor winner's angelic vocals playing over images of suffering canines are definitely powerful enough to wake people up to this serious matter.

Available on iTunes on Friday, 100 percent of song's proceeds will go to ending dog torture globally!

Ch-ch-check out the inspirational video (below)!!!

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Already Has A Casting Change! Find Out Why The Stage Play Will No Longer Be Using Real Owls!

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Looks like Hedwig will no longer need to break a wing!

Earlier this week, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child started its previews at the Palace Theatre in London, and audiences couldn't get enough of the magical 2-part stage play!

But despite rave reviews, one hiccup during the first-ever performance has already called for the production to remove live owls from the show!

Related: Rowling Wants You To #KeepTheSecrets Of Cursed Child!

During Tuesday night's debut performance, an owl that was supposed to make a quick flight during a scene failed to return to its handler — and instead escaped into the auditorium!

Since the play is still in its preview stage, producers were quick to scrap the birds. Audiences on Thursday night's show were greeted with a sign that said "no real birds" were used.

The producers explained their decision in an animal-friendly statement:

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Cincinnati Zoo Builds Higher Barriers & Reopens Gorilla Exhibit After Harambe's Tragic Death

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The zoo is improving its safety precautions after Harambe's death.

The Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit has reopened for the first time since the tragic death of Harambe the Gorilla.

Late last month, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla was shot and killed after a toddler fell into the enclosure. Officials said tranquilizing the animal would agitate it, so the best thing for the child's safety was to end the creature's life.

The beautiful primate's killing caused quite a bit of controversy, as people began to criticize the kid's parents, as well as the zoo's protocols.

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

And after a police investigation revealed the tiny tot's mother would not be charged over the incident, zoo director Thane Maynard has decided it's time open up the exhibit once again, telling Cincinnati.com:

"It's been a very difficult time, as you can imagine, with the loss of Harambe…. Losing Harambe is just like losing a family member. People that work at zoos care about their animals very much. And so we are leaning on each other and sticking together, but of course it is time to move on and to see gorillas again."

But he didn't just reopen Gorilla World. Mr. Maynard and his team put in a new, taller, barrier that has wood beams at the top and bottom, as well as netting in between.

The zoo has also installed three security cameras.

And even though Thane increased the enclosure's safety measures, he defended their old perimeter, saying:

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Cincinnati Police Are Reviewing The Actions Of That Little Boy's Parents While Investigating Harambe The Gorilla's Death!

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Could there be justice for Harambe the Gorilla?

On Saturday, the silverback gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into the animal's enclosure.

Zoo director Thane Maynard explained that officials were concerned for the toddler's safety after the endangered animal began dragging him through the habitat, and defended the decision to put him down by arguing that tranquilizers don't go into effect immediately and would only make the large primate agitated.

Related: Jane Goodall Sounds Off On Harambe's Death

But amid outcry over the animal's assassination, the Cincinnati PD has decided to look into the circumstances surrounding the ape's death, and they have their sights sets on Isiah's parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson!

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Famous Primatologist Jane Goodall Responds To The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla!

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Here's what Jane has to say.

Another expert is speaking out.

Over the weekend, celebrity zoologists Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin opened up about the controversial killing of Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday.

Zoo officials fatally shot the 17-year-old silverback gorilla after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into his enclosure, and they began to fear for the kid's safety.

Related: Donald Trump Weighs In On Harambe's Death

Video of the scary situation has since surfaced on the internet, showing the endangered animal dragging the toddler through the habitat as he ran around, but other shots portrayed the primate behaving protectively towards the youngster.

And even famed primatologist Jane Goodall noticed that Harambe didn't seem to be acting violently.

On Monday, the Jane Goodall Institue released an email that the 82-year-old sent to Cincinnati Zoo's director Thane Maynard on Sunday, and the UK native revealed that she doesn't believe the gorilla had any intention of harming the toddler, writing:

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Cincinnati Police Are Currently Looking Into Harambe The Gorilla's Death… But Are They Targeting The Mom Or The Zoo?!

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This case just keeps getting bigger.

We were deeply saddened back in 2015 when Dr. Walter Palmer was legally cleared for killing Cecil the Lion, but it seems like 2016 will be a much better year for animal rights.

That's because while another beautiful creature had to die, Harambe the Gorilla will most likely be getting justice after all!

Related: Donald Trump Weighs In On Harambe The Gorilla's Death

Following Saturday's accident where a 3-year-old child fell into Harambe's enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, we're hearing that local police are currently reviewing the animal's death to see if there's actually a case.

In fact, Cincinnati Police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy issued a statement to the press on Tuesday, saying:

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