Animal Cruelty

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    August 8, 2014

    Missouri Baptist Leader Attempts to Have Sex with Dog, Gets Busted in Undercover Operation

    A CEO of a Christian resort center in Missouri was arrested for attempting to have sex with a dog. Jerry Hill, the president and CEO of the Windermere Baptist Conference Center, a "Christian setting in which life changing experiences may occur," according to its website, was nabbed during a sting o ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Andres Wiltz Gets Probation for Beating Kitten to Death

    A St. Louis man plead guilty to hitting a kitten so hard, it had to be euthanized. He'll serve probation for the cruel deed. On December 9, 2013, Andres Wiltz brought a 5-month-old, short-hair feline into the St. Louis Cat Clinic. According to a probable cause statement, "the feline was pale, cold, ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

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

    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 w ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

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

    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 Fran ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Dogs Rescued from Louisiana Fighting Ring Find Safe Haven 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 ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Man Gets 4 Years for Chopping Cat to Death with Hatchet

    Grieg Ragen says he was just putting Molly, an eleven-year-old calico cat, out of her misery after she got hit by a car. But the judge didn't by that story and sentenced him to four years in prison. The cat killing happened on May 8, 2012, the Post-Dispatch reports. According to a probable-cause st ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Wesley Reid Arrested For Burning Pit Bull, Texted Owner Before Setting Dog On Fire

    The second case of a dog burned dead this past summer has, like the first, resulted in an arrest. 22-year-old Wesley Reid was taken into custody yesterday by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Reid is charged with one count of felony animal abuse and awaits a grand jury hearing schedule ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Kitten Murdered in North St. Louis, Suffered Blunt Trauma to Head, Rescuers Say

    A tiny black-and-white kitten, only eight-weeks-old, was found dead in north St. Louis yesterday and animal rescuers say it's very clear someone used a rock to kill the animal. "Every indicator shows that this was an intentional killing," Anne Vincent, an animal cruelty investigator with the Human ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Adrienne Martin, Arrested for Torching Dog to Death, Brags on Facebook: "I'm On Killa Mode"

    The St. Louis woman who animal rescuers and police believe torched Brownie the dog to death has been arrested and is expected to face felony charges. And public comments discussing the violent act on her Facebook page will likely help bolster the prosecution's case. A day before the dog was rescue ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    Horse Slaughter In Missouri? ASPCA Slams Cruel Practice, Says Meat Is Dangerous

    Missouri is the number one state in the country for terrible puppy mills -- and very soon could also be home to a horse slaughter facility. That's right, the horse slaughter industry is apparently looking to do business here in Missouri and animal rights groups fear that federal inspectors may soo ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Washington University Continues To Use Cats, Defends Practice, Sparks Outrage From PETA

    Last month, Daily RFT broke the news that Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital were discontinuing their controversial practice of using live cats in a joint pediatric advanced life support (PALS) course. Animal-rights activists locally and nationally celebrated the news -- after y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Washington University Stops Using Live Cats in Training Class After Years of PETA Protests

    Washington University is permanently ending its controversial practice of using live cats in a medical training course. Since 2008, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been pressuring Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital to disband what PETA has labeled the "cat lab. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    PETA Attacks Washington University's Use of Live Cats With "False Advertising" Complaint

    Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" inside one of Washington University's labs, which the group says reveals the school's mistreatment of live cats in one of its courses. Soon after, PETA made more of a splash with an announcement that The Price Is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Bob Barker Writes to Washington University: I'll Pay You $75,000 to Stop Abusing Cats

    Bob Barker -- yes, Bob Barker -- is pressuring Washington University in St. Louis to end its controversial practice of using live cats in medical school training classes. "I love cats. I love all animals," the television host tells Daily RFT in a phone interview. "It's upsetting to me.... There's ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Washington University: PETA Goes Undercover to Expose the "Cruel Cat Lab" (VIDEO)

    Is it necessary for Washington University to use live cats as part of a medical training program? That question was raised again last week when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released an "undercover video" that gives viewers a look inside the medical school's practice of intubating anes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Dog-Torturer Darick Stallworth Sentenced to Four Years Behind Bars

    Stray Rescue director Randy Grim just posted the following on Facebook:It is an emotional, landmark day, and justice has been served. Judge Margaret Neill sentenced the animal abuser Darick Stallworth to four years for three counts of animal abuse to be served concurrently and 15 days for two animal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Cennitra Fowler, 22, Charged With Abuse and Neglect of "Our Little Boy" and "Our Little Girl"

    Just hours after the criminal sentencing of an admitted dog-torturer, the Mayor's Office is announcing what could be yet another blow against animal cruelty: Police have arrested and charged 22-year-old Cennitra Fowler of the 2100 block of Stansbury (in the Marine Villa neighborhood) with two misdem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Darick Stallworth Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse Charges in Wells Ave Horror House

    Darick Dashon Stallworth, 31, this morning pleaded guilty to three felony charges of animal abuse and two misdemeanor charges of animal neglect for the brutal torture and slaughter of five dogs in May. The remains of the dogs were found in a house in the 5300 block of Wells Avenue, after neighborhoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Reward Offered for Dog Found In North St. Louis With Burned-Off Ear

    The Humane Society of Missouri calls it one of the worst cases of animal abuse its task force has ever encountered. Yesterday the agency received a call about an injured dog near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Hamilton Avenue. When task force members arrived a short time later, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Medical Catfight: PETA Sinks Claws into Wash. U.'s Pediatrics Program

    There are a few skills every aspiring pediatrician needs to master. Some, such as remaining straight-faced while insisting that a shot won't hurt, are relatively easy to pick up. Others, like intubating an infant -- a notoriously difficult procedure that involves inserting a plastic tube into a baby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    McDonald's, Target Dump Egg Supplier Sparboe Farms After Video of Cruelty to Animals Airs

    ​McDonald's and Target have both dumped egg supplier Sparboe Farms after the release of a video showing multiple instances of animal cruelty at the supplier's facilities in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.The group Mercy for Animals posted the video, which includes graph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Established Dog Trainer in Lincoln County Fights Animal Abuse Charges (VIDEO)

    Image viaTrainer Ed Nelson stands accused of abusing this yellow lab​Trainer Ed Nelson of Lincoln County openly admits it: Teaching hunting dogs how to fetch ducks and geese safely and effectively requires the use of force -- at least sometimes. The legal question is this: Where's the line between ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 19, 2011

    Just How Many Tofu Boys Do We Need?

    gameculture.comPETA's take on Tofu Boy.​ Variety magazine recently published an article about the growth of Chinese animation, breaking the news that the Chinese animated feature film Tofu Boy is slated to hit U.S. theaters during the holidays in 2013. It's a retelling of Pinocchio set in mode ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Animal Neglect Rampant in North St. Louis, Says Stray Rescue

    Photo courtesy of Stray Rescue"Our Little Boy" moments after being pulled from a dumpster in north St. Louis. The dog would die that same day.​Whom to believe? St. Louis politicians who say their communities are overrun with feral canines? Or the man who's been left the task of managing stray dogs ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Tiger Trouble: County Investigating PETA Complaint Over Circus at Jamestown Mall

    PETA's video shows a tiger with his paw trapped under the bars of his cage at the UniverSoul Circus.​ UPDATED at 4:45 p.m. with comments from UniverSoul Circus. Yesterday, the UniverSoul Circus opened a five-day run at the Jamestown Mall -- bringing its dancing dogs, amazing acrobats and terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Naked Women Invade the Loop!

    Diana BenantiHolly Kersten and Lauren Quillo stumping for PETA in the Loop. ​Nothing says animal rights like a couple of naked chicks standing on a street corner, right? Two St. Louis lovelies bared arms, legs and backsides for PETA in the Delmar Loop yesterday, hoping to educate passersby on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Florissant Woman Honored for Saving Dog's Life

    PETA loves Donna Oelze!​Donna Oelze might have good reason to be sick and tired of dogs. She works as a groomer, after all, and (take it from this dog owner!) not every pup is delighted to get his hair cut or his toenails clipped.But when Oelze saw a dog walk into the traffic on I-270 and get stru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Breast Milk Ice Cream & Six Other Grown-Up Foods Made From Breast Milk

    Ewww, gross! Ice cream made from breast milk! Oh, wait ... maybe that's not so bad. We're mammals. Cows are mammals. The milk's screened to hospital standards. And it's free-range! As long as Mum gets out of the house on occasion. "How can anybody possibly say this is disgusting? If it's good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Make a New Doggie Friend This Weekend

    Awww, lookit that little face!!​Need a dawg? How about a big, goofy, friendly one? This weekend, the Humane Society of Missouri is holding "Pittie Parties" so you can mix and mingle with pit bulls and see what great pets they can make.Stop by any of the state's three Humane Society locations -- in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    MO House Hearings on Prop B Repeal Continue Today

    Jennifer SilverbergCowboy, pictured here with his owner Floyd Dunlap, spent most of his life in the kind of puppy mill that would be made illegal by Prop B. State lawmakers are now seeking to gut the voter-approved initiative.​At 11 a.m. today, the Missouri House of Representatives will continue i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The ASPCA's Tim Rickey on Dog Fights, His New Unit -- and Finch Fighting?

    Keegan HamiltionTim Rickey's job is to stop animal fighting.​In December, the ASPCA, or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, hired former Missouri State Highway Patrolman Terry Mills for a new position as Animal Fighting Specialist.As RFT staff writer Keegan Hamilton detailed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Terry Mills, Cop Behind Dogfighting Bust, Joins ASPCA

    Terry Mills, the Missouri state trooper whose undercover work led to the biggest dogfighting bust in American history, is taking his show on the road.Keegan HamiltonTerry Mills​We're not talking about a book deal or the lecture circuit, mind you. This dude is a badass! And so he's going to keep bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Elephants Stroll The City, Humane Officials Jog Along

    He'd really rather not dance in a costume, thanks.​Check out Todd C. Frankel's really terrific article in today's Post-Dispatch about an unusual alliance here in St. Louis between animal control and the ever-controversial PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The group, which advocate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    100 Dogs Removed from Breeder in Mid-Mo, Rescuers Urge Public to Vote Yes for Prop. B

    Because we're tired of those sad photos of caged dogs that always accompany stories like this one, behold: a literal "puppy mill". ​A dog breeding facility in Camden County voluntarily surrendered its animals to the Humane Society today. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Crue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Lady Gaga's Meat Dress Draws Scorn of PETA, Butchers

    Screenshot:​Fact: Intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat at MTV's Orgy of Irrelevance Video Music Awards. The blogosphere observed, snarked and was prepared to move on. Shockingly, not everyone wanted to let the matter drop.First, we have P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Humane Society of Missouri Takes 15 Pit Bulls From Accused Dogfighter Near Branson

    Humane Society of MissouriA pit bull named Fay, rescued in July 2009, lost its lips to dogfighting injuries.​In July 2009 the Humane Society of Missouri teamed up with the FBI, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies to bust the largest dogfighting ring in U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    CSI Puppy Dog: Bust of Regional Dogfighting Ring Leads to Pit Bull DNA Database

    Image sourceAnimal Cruelty investigators are ready to draw blood. So is this dog.​Last July, several law enforcement agencies combined forces with the Humane Society of Missouri to conduct the largest dogfighting sting in U.S. history. They raided 22 locations in 8 states, arrested 26 people and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Imagine If You Will a Robotic Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day

    For the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, every day is Groundhog Day. This of course means that every day is a new day to summon yet another spasm of outrage and cite a further example of man's inhumanity -- to animals. On this particular Groundhog Day, PETA has outdone them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Don't Stalk George Clooney. EAT HIM.

    OK. We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are as guilty as anyone of obsessing over George Clooney's presence in our fair city. However, today brings news that makes even us blanch. PETA wants to sell tofu that tastes like the actor.Yeah. You read that right.From the always reputable E! (v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    PETA Supporters Bare Beliefs Downtown

    Those familiar with animal rights organization PETA know the group puts out risque advertisements in order to draw attention to their cause. It's not often though, that they take to the streets of the Gateway City.After the jump, two PETA protests spotted today at 9th and Olive streets downtown.

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    April 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 4.21

    Today's food crisis update: The rise in food costs could imperil several years' worth of anti-poverty efforts. (Los Angeles Times) PETA offers a $1 million prize for developing fake meat. (New York Times) A in-depth look at the controversy over eating meat and dairy from cloned animals. (Guardian) ... More >>

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    December 31, 2007

    Press Release of the Day

    Yeah, we've been, uh, up to other stuff during this holiday time. Here's a press release to tide you over till 2008: From: Subject: PETA's Edgy New 'Sex Talk' Ad Hits the Airwaves in St. Louis Date: December 31, 2007 3:27:20 PM CST After being rejected by all TV network affilia ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort

    Who hasn't visited the Saint Louis Zoo on a hot summer afternoon and felt a little sorry for the polar bears? Make that polar bear. Hope's the only one left. Churchill and Penny died in 2005. A local whistle blower tipped the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2006

    Fish Sick

    Unreal always cleans our plate, but now we're a little nervous about fish. Oh, and hot dogs. Plus -- the cops don't like it when you fake a carjacking. Who knew?

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    November 26, 2003


    Week of November 26, 2003

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    May 30, 2001

    Critter Lovers

    State lawmakers just can't say no

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    December 15, 1999
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    December 15, 1999


    Banning bestiality could be a tough sell next year in Jefferson City

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    January 27, 1999
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