German Shepherd Sodomized, Shot and Left for Dead Gets Rescued, Adopted

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Stray Rescue
Shep gets help after being shot and sodomized.
Randy Grim still remembers when the veterinary neurologist gave him "the look," the one that meant Shep, a German Shepherd, wouldn't survive.

Shep had been sodomized with a tree branch, shot near his spine and left for dead in north St. Louis city. Grim, founder of the animal rescue group Stray Rescue, calls Shep's case "one of the cruelest acts of animal abuse" he's ever seen.

"What makes it so horrible for me is the sodomy," Grimm tells Daily RFT. "All of this is so sick and twisted. It definitely should be a wake-up call to St. Louisans to act, to speak up."

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Thieves Steal Food from Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry

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"What do you mean, someone stole my food?"
It takes a low-down scoundrel to steal food from hungry pets.

The Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry, which provides dog and cat food to low-income people, had a large donation stolen from the Arnold Petco store Sunday, leaving it in a lurch.

"I honestly felt like somebody had punched me in the stomach, especially since we so desperately needed the food," says Debby Mikles, the founder and president of the volunteer-run pantry, to Daily RFT. "It's just a hit we weren't expecting, and with donations being down, our bank account is very low."

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5 Best Moments of Oshie the Baby Penguin's Life at the Saint Louis Zoo -- So Far

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Meet Oshie, a baby Gentoo penguin at the Saint Louis Zoo.
The Saint Louis Zoo knows you miss the penguins.

Penguin and Puffin Coast is under construction, and unless you want to watch the zoo's penguin webcam or shell out $50 a head for a backstage tour (like the one Newt Gingrich went on, with hilarious results), St. Louis' penguin and puffin lovers are out of luck until next spring.

But just because they're not on display doesn't mean the penguins of the Saint Louis Zoo aren't doing wonderful, adorable things. Take Oshie, the Gentoo penguin born last December and named after St. Louis Blues favorite T.J. Oshie.


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Jennings Man Says St. Louis County Police Shot, Killed His Dog During Ferguson Protests

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Screengrab from YouTube user Umar Lee
Talal Ahmed says St. Louis County police shot his dog.
Talal Ahmed says he was just trying to get home one night last month during the height of the Ferguson protests.

He was riding his bike through the Family Dollar parking lot across the street from his house in Jennings, located just blocks away from the apartments where Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, when he was stopped by four cops.

"'Get the fuck off the bike,'" he remembers an officer yelling.

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Fewer Collisions Between Missouri Drivers, Deer This Year: Study

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Riccardo Palazzani via Flickr
"Please don't hit me with your car!"
Good news, Missouri drivers. You are 8 percent less likely to collide your car into a deer than you were last year, according to a new report from auto insurer State Farm.

State Farm used its claims data and Federal Highway Administration state licensed driver counts to calculate the odds of a Missouri motorist striking a deer this coming year.


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Downtown Carriage Horse Bites Tip Off Tourist's Finger

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A carriage horse, probably not this horse, bit a woman's finger off this weekend.
One of the horses that pulls carriages in downtown St. Louis is in quarantine after eating the tip of a woman's finger Friday night.

St. Louis Health Department director Pam Walker says while the risk of transmitting rabies is "really low," the St. Louis Carriage Co. horse will be quarantined at a stable downtown for ten days.

"We're going to handle this like any other bite," Walker tells Daily RFT.


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Sexy Men with Cuddly Kittens Pose for Tenth Life Cat Shelter's Tomcats Calendar [VIDEO]

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Photos courtesy of Tenth Life
Eric Peters, a model with West Model Management, snuggles up with Curly, a Tenth Life rescue kitty with feline immunodeficiency virus.
The 2015 Tomcats calendar is Tenth Life's first foray into steamy photo shoots with dreamy babes, but it won't be the last.

"It was way too much fun not to do it again," says Elizabeth Frick, founder and executive director of Tenth Life, a St. Louis shelter for stray cats. "Can you beat hanging out in a studio with sexy men and kittens?"

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Man Who Rides Horse to Honor Michael Brown Helps Ferguson Police Catch Robbery Suspect

Categories: Animals, Ferguson

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Ray Downs
Hooves up! Django and Shiloh ride to honor Michael Brown.
The last time we heard from Django, Ferguson had experienced its first night of calm after four days of unrest after Michael Brown was killed.

Without tear gas in the air or canisters and broken glass littering the ground, Django, of Florissant, was able to ride his horse Shiloh through Ferguson to honor Brown where he died -- a tradition he's held since his own nephew died too young.

"Whenever teenagers lose their lives, I do a ride," Django tells Daily RFT.

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Animal House Turns Saturdays into "Caturdays" with Extended Adoption Hours, Goodie Bags

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"Will you adopt me on Caturday?"
Animal House, a nonprofit, no-kill cat shelter in St. Louis, is crawling with kittens, so it's turning Saturdays into "Caturday" adoption days.

More than 70 baby kittens have come to the shelter in the last few months, in addition to the nearly 250 cats and kittens already looking for a forever home. The shelter typically opens three days a week for adoptions, but starting on Saturday, September 6, it'll also open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.


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Undercover Operation Busts Illegal Caviar Trafficking in Missouri

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Photos courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation
Fishing for paddlefish is legal. Harvesting their eggs and selling them as caviar is not
As international demand for caviar causes overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful beluga sturgeon, fishermen are flocking to Missouri to illegally harvest from the next big name in caviar: the Mississippi paddlefish.

An ancient cousin to the sturgeon, paddlefish are plentiful in Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks, and a female paddlefish can carry as much as twenty pounds of eggs at a time.

"A common black-market price is about $13 an ounce," says Missouri Department of Conservation protection chief Larry Yamnitz. "Therefore, a single large female paddlefish with about twenty pounds of eggs is carrying about $4,000 worth of potential caviar for black-market sales."


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