Tragedy across parts of Africa as elephants are being mass slaughtered to feed a growing trade in illegal ivory in China. The New York Times reports that conservation groups say tens of thousands of elephants are being slaughtered each year in the Congo and elsewhere in an "epic" massacre for the "white gold" worth millions on the black market.
In the U.S., the drought that has devastated millions of acres of cropland in the west and midwest has left thousands of horses high and dry too. From New Mexico to Illinois owners are abandoning horses at an alarming rate, reports The New York Times because they can't afford to feed them. The influx of stray horses is now putting new pressures on cash-strapped rescues.
Closer to home, New Jersey authorities are looking for two women believed to have abducted a trained police dog in Falls Township, Bucks County (Pa.) on Aug. 28.
The New Jersey SPCA says two white women driving a silver Nissan Maxima with New Jersey pats were seen removing a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, named Seiger, from his yard. His owner, Sgt. Sven Beauchmin of the Falls Township Police Department, had just gone inside to get Seiger food and water when a neighbor spotted the two women take the 75-pound brindle dog and drive away. Seiger is not on active duty and is a family pet and companion to Beauchmin's active duty K-9.