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Injured puppy rescued after being found in Ames trash bin, owner charged with animal torture

AMES — A man was arrested last week after Ames police said he stabbed a German shepherd puppy and dumped it in a trash bin.

Rashidi Dipli Simba, 20, was arrested Friday on animal neglect charges.

According to a police report, Ames officers responded to a report of an injured puppy found in a trash bin around 11:45 a.m. April 14 on Squaw Creek Drive.

Animal Control Director Ron Edwards said a homeless person who was searching for cans and bottles found the puppy — now named Moose — and called 911.

When officers found the dog, he appeared to have a stab wound on his side. There was a considerable amount of blood in the trash bin, the police report said.

The puppy was taken to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he received veterinary care in the Intensive Care Unit until Thursday, Edwards said. The veterinarians discovered the dog was healing from multiple rib fractures, which authorities contend were caused by Simba.

According to the police report, when officers found the dog’s owner, now identified as Simba, he admitted to stabbing the animal. He told officers the dog had been urinating and defecating in his apartment.

Simba said he carried the dog around in a backpack before placing it in the trash bin in the parking lot of his apartment, the police report said.

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Edwards said Moose has responded well to antibiotics and fluids, and he has been under constant observation for an infection from the stab wound.

“With chest wounds there is a high possibility of infection, and with those infections within the chest cavity (it) is very difficult,” he said.

Officials named the animal Moose because a stuffed toy moose was found with the dog in the trash bin.

“We want him to have an absolutely new identity, and a new life, and somewhere he will never get hurt again,” Edwards said.

He added that Moose will be put up for adoption once he is fully recovered.

“We have already gotten 100 or more calls from people that are interested in adopting him,” Edwards said. “People came into the shelter who donated to pay for the vet bills.”

A preliminary hearing for Simba is scheduled for April 29 in Story County District Court in Nevada.

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