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5-month-old puppy found stabbed in Iowa dumpster looking for new owner

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Published: Apr. 19, 2019 at 11:58 AM CDT
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An Iowa man is accused of leaving an injured puppy in an Ames dumpster.

Police said they found a German Shepard puppy in a dumpster with a stab wound in its side just before 11:45 a.m. Sunday. He was taken to a vet clinic for treatment.

Posted by Ames Police Department on Friday, April 19, 2019

On Thursday, the puppy was taken to the Ames Animal Shelter.

Officers found the puppy's owner, 20-year-old Rashidi D. Simba, of Ames. He was charged with animal torture.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

The Ames Animal Shelter posted a video of the puppy 'Moose' on Facebook. He got the name 'Moose' because was found with a stuffed moose in the dumpster.

The shelter said he continues to improve each day.

Animals in Ames | Moose Special

Meet Moose. This five-month old male German Shepherd puppy is recovering from a stab wound and other injuries he received from an abusive human. After Moose had an accident inside the home, the pup was attacked with a knife and thrown in a large trash bin. Moose was discovered in the dumpster (along with the little moose stuffed toy) and rushed to Iowa State University for emergency veterinary care. "Moose continues to improve each day," said Animal Control Supervisor Ron Edwards. "His sweet nature and youth are helping him heal." Emergency care of Moose will likely cost several thousand dollars, and the Ames Animal Shelter is seeking assistance in paying Moose's veterinary bills. Criminal charges are pending against Moose's former owner. To make a contribution, please send a check to our mailing address at Ames Animal Shelter, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa, 50010. Credit card donations are accepted over the telephone by calling 515.239.5530. Donations can also be made directly at the Animal Shelter. The Ames Animal Shelter does not have an online method to receive donations, but does have a wish list on Amazon. Every donations helps. If you are not able to donate, please share with your friends and family. Applications are being accepted to adopt Moose. Go to the Ames Animal Shelter to apply at 325 Billy Sunday Road during our normal business hours. We are so optimistic that Moose will make a full recovery. Watch for more Moose updates in the future! #justiceformoose #weheartmoose #lovedogs #puppies #puppylove #getbettermoose

Posted by Ames Animal Shelter on Thursday, April 18, 2019

The shelter said care for Moose will cost thousands of dollars, and they're looking for donations.

"To make a contribution, please send a check to our mailing address at Ames Animal Shelter, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, Iowa, 50010. Credit card donations are accepted over the telephone by calling 515.239.5530. Donations can also be made directly at the Animal Shelter. The Ames Animal Shelter does not have an online method to receive donations but does have a wish list on Amazon. Every donation helps. If you are not able to donate, please share with your friends and family," according to the shelter's Facebook page.

Applications are also being taken to adopt Moose.

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