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Man Who Burned Dog to Death Over $50 Debt Sentenced to Four Years

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Wesley Reid.
Zeus' killer is going to jail.

Yesterday, Wesley Reid pleaded guilty to felony charges of animal abuse and knowingly burning for the death of the three-year-old pit bull back in August 2013. According to the circuit attorney's office, Reid believed Zeus' owner owed him $50, so he doused the dog with gasoline, lit a match and dropped it. Zeus, who was tied to a fence, couldn't escape the flames.

"This dog wasn't hit by a car. This wasn't an injury he sustained running down the block. This is something that someone intentionally did -- it is just unforgivable," Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, told Daily RFT at the time.

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Great Dane Accused of Killing Dog in Off-Leash Park Released to Owner

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Free Zeus on Facebook
Zeus' owners shared photos and stories of their beloved dog online after shocking charges emerged.
Zeus, the Great Dane accused of killing a Golden Retriever at a Wentzville dog park last month, returned home to his family Friday after an autopsy failed to find a cause of death for the Golden.


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Missouri Rep. Wants to Criminalize Finding Out Where Your Diseased Meat Came From

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It's none of your business.
A bill has been proposed to the Missouri legislature that would make it illegal for anyone to obtain federal records about diseased cows, pigs, and other animals from all farms and factory meat producers in the state.

According to HB 2094, which was introduced by Rep. Jay Houghton, a Republican from Martinsburg, Freedom of Information Act or Missouri Sunshine requests pertaining to animal health or environmental protection data collected by state agencies under the federal Animal Traceability Program (ATP) would be legally denied.

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Owner Turns In Great Dane Accused of Killing Golden Retriever in Wentzville Dog Park

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Buddy the Golden Retriever.
As eleven-year-old Buddy, a Golden Retriever, lay dying in the grass at a Wentzville dog park, Nick Andres wasn't thinking about finding the dog that attacked it -- or the owner who let it happen.

"I was only focused on my dog and my family," Andres tells Daily RFT. "I was hoping someone would do their part and let me handle my dog. I put him first. If [the Great Dane's owner] got away, he got away."


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Out of Hibernation: 17 Beautiful Photos of Saint Louis Zoo Animals Basking in the Sun

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Steve Truesdell
Kapika, a baby female Coquerel's sifaka, clings to her mom.
After this soul-crushing winter, St. Louisans are welcoming spring with open arms and trips to the city's free, world-class zoo.

The Riverfront Times sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the Saint Louis Zoo for the first weekend of spring to capture animals and humans alike soaking up rays.

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Spooked Elephants Break Loose from St. Charles Circus

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Doug Anderson on Flickr
"Hey, wait up for me! I wanna bust outta here, too."
The crowd at the Moolah Shrine Circus was too much for three pachyderm pals Saturday afternoon.

Loud noises spooked the circus elephants, who made a break for the employees-only parking lot, damaging several cars and trailers, witnesses told KSDK NewsChannel 5.

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Randy Grim On Animal Cruelty Task Force: "We're Making Huge Progress"

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Stray Rescue
During a 2012 press conference, Randy Grim (center) holds up a photo of a dog that had been starved and thrown in a dumpster.
The five dogs were already dead when members of Stray Rescue entered an abandoned Hamilton Heights apartment building in May 2012. All the animals had been tortured. Some were burned, others strangled or crushed before the end.

The public uproar over the incident led to the formation of Mayor Francis Slay's Animal Cruelty Task Force in September of that year. Since then, the task force -- comprised of Stray Rescue, city police, the circuit attorney's office and the health department -- has gone after hundreds cases of animal abuse and neglect, earning RFT's "Best Worthy Cause" of 2013.

Below, we've got the latest numbers on animal abuse from the mayor's office, and a status update from the founder of the Stray Rescue animal shelter, Randy Grim.


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Baby Sifaka, the Lemur that Dances, Born at St. Louis Zoo

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Ray Meibaum/St. Louis Zoo
Baby Kapika, a sifaka lemur, born at the St. Louis Zoo.
There's a brand new baby at the St. Louis Zoo.

Kapika, a female Coquerel's sifaka (sh-fahk) -- a type of lemur -- was born at the zoo's primate house on January 21, and the zoo says she's now ready for visitors.


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Dogs Rescued from Louisiana Fighting Ring Find Safe Haven in St. Louis

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Photos courtesy of Stray Rescue
Seven dogs will recover in St. Louis.
Four dogs and three puppies are finally safe in St. Louis after being rescued from a large dog-fighting ring in Louisiana.

Officials asked Stray Rescue in St. Louis to shelter and treat the rescues, including three scarred and injured males, an emaciated female dog, and her three puppies. The dogs arrived at Stray Rescue Saturday morning.


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Dog-Walkers to Client: "We Don't Walk Dogs for People Who Want Marijuana Legalized"

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Will somebody please walk me? Please?
When news of a Girl Scout selling cookies outside a Colorado marijuana dispensary went viral last month, it had far-reaching consequences for a St. Louis family: They were "fired" from the dog-walking service they had been a customer of for years.

It all started when Tricia Moyer, a mother of two and a Girl Scout troop leader, thought the idea of a thirteen-year-old with the business sense to sell delicious Thin Mints outside of a marijuana dispensary was funny. So she did what tens of thousands of other Americans did and shared a photo on Facebook.

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