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Kaavan The Elephant Is Finally Free After 30 YEARS In Chains!

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Look how happy he is simply to be swimming around!

If you've never heard of Kaavan the Elephant, then you're probably blissfully unaware that the 32-year-old Asian elephant has spent nearly all of the past 30 years locked in chains at the Murghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Animal rights activists only just started fighting for Kaavan's freedom in 2015 after an American tourist in Pakistan learned about his captivity… but we're happy to say he'll no longer be living in pain.

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After 22 Years Of Torture

That's because it was announced on Monday that the Pakistani Senate has ruled in favor of the Help Welfare Organization that the Capital Development Authority who house him must release the animal to a sanctuary to live out his remaining years with other elephants!

Kaavan's chains were initially removed in September of 2015 when tourist Samar Khan first started the petition, and she spoke to The Dodo about the AH-Mazing news on Monday, saying:

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Justin Bieber Received Official Complaint From Toronto Animal Services For Those Controversial Pics With Exotic Cats

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There's no doubt Justin Bieber loves to show off hanging out with exotic animals on Instagram — a hobby that has landed him in some pretty hot water!

You may recall back in April when the singer posed alongside a chained Bengal tiger at his father's engagement party (above), and then again in a picture posted a month later with a lion cub — and these are just two of the times in Toronto alone.

Well turns out the 22-year-old received a formal complaint from Toronto Animal Services back at the beginning of June stating that both of these instances violated a municipal code that bans the "keeping" of wild animals such as lions, tigers, and bears cougars in the city.

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The notice of violation and request for compliance in the future, dated June 3, 2016, was obtained Thursday by PETA and can be viewed (below)!

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Former K-9 Cop Now Linked To Deaths Of THREE Police Dogs… Including 2 Shootings!

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This is truly sickening.

An ex-cop who was already being investigated for the deaths of two K-9 unit dogs may have actually killed a third animal as well.

Former Cherokee County, Georgia school resource officer Dan Peabody was charged with animal cruelty last month when it was discovered that he left his 4-year-old Belgian Malinois to die in the backseat of his hot car.

Related: World's Saddest Polar Bear Arturo Dies After Years In Isolation

Inca was found dead on June 10, nearly four years after a Yellow Lab named Dale was also reported dead by the officer.

Peabody, 50, originally claimed Dale had simply choked to death on a toy after five years of service back in 2012 before admitting to shooting the animal… but when police searched his Canton home following Inca's tragic death on Tuesday, they discovered remains of a third dog — Inca's 10-year-old grandmother!

Unfortunately, Dale's remains have yet to be found, but Dan is likely going to be charged for all three deaths.

Forensic veterinarians are now looking into the possibility of even more dead pets in Peabody's home, and while Inca, Dale, and the third dog didn't need to die, hopefully their losses will save other K-9s from similar fates.

Rest in peace, pups.

[Image via Twitter.]

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'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Arturo Dies After 22 Years In Unbearable Living Conditions

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A sad tale with a tragic end.

Arturo, often called "the world's saddest polar bear", has passed away after being trapped inside an unbearable Argentinian zoo for 22 years.

According to reports, the 30-year-old animal died at Mendoza Zoological Park on Sunday due to unknown circumstances… but surely the 100+°F South American heat didn't help the creature naturally found in the North Pole.

Arturo had been the subject of numerous petitions from animal rights activists — including public protest from Cher herself — but sadly, the zoo never seemed to care about his well-being.

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In fact, Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada tried to take the creature away from his captors, but Mendoza lacked even the basic medical information necessary to guarantee safe transport.

To give you an image of what he endured, the wild animal's enclosure only featured a 20-inch pool and solid concrete slabs… but things took an even more depressing turn in 2012 when Arturo's cellmate Pelusa died from cancer.

How many more animals need to die in order to teach the world to treat our furry friends better??

Rest in peace, Arturo.

[Image via Instagram.]

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Remembering Cecil The Lion A Year After His Tragic Death — Find Out Where His Cubs AND His Killer Are Now!

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We can't believe it's been a year.

As you surely remember, Cecil the Lion was mercilessly killed by an American dentist at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe on July 1, 2015.

Now, a year to the day later, we have some great news about the majestic wild animal that was taken too soon in honor of the anniversary of his death.

While Cecil's brother Jericho was initially thought to be dead, not only has he survived the entire year without the leader of the pride… but all three of his lionesses and all seven of his cubs are alive as well!

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Unfortunately, not everyone is as excited about Cecil's family thriving — in fact, the lion's shooter Dr. Walter Palmer doesn't seem to care at all!

According to a Daily Mail report, the Minnesota dentist was actually spotted driving around Minneapolis in his brand new $120,000 Porsche Cayenne Turbo this week, smiling and laughing.

So sad that no one can even charge him with a crime after all this!

In just the past couple months, we've seen the slaughter of both Harambe the Gorilla and Juma the Jaguar, so there's clearly more work to do in regards to wildlife preservation.

Rest in peace, Cecil, Harambe, and Juma.

[Image via Twitter.]

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Utah Is Enforcing Its Ban On Porn With 'URL', The First Porn-Sniffing Dog! Yes, Really!

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Utah sure is one interesting place.

The Beehive state has previously declared pornography a "public health hazard," and now the government is seeing to it that they do something about it by sniffing out all that porn in their state — with a porn-sniffing dog!

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URL (pronounced "Earl") is a beautiful black lab rescued from a shelter as a puppy that went through six months of training in Indiana specifically to sniff out porn — and now the good dog is in Utah working against smut!

The 16-month-old dog has been trained to use its highly sensitive nose to sniff out unique chemical components of tech items that have been known to carry pornography — thumb drives, cell phones, tablets, and the like.

According to a release from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, URL will be used for quite a bit of technological detection crimes around the county:

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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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