St. Louis is getting ready. Churches are setting up as safe spaces. Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency. Mayor Francis Slay is asking for hundreds of National Guard troops to help with security. Before the city finds out whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face charg ... More >>
Missouri's animal-cruelty task force is still looking for the owner of a five-month-old puppy after the dog was found with a bungee cord wrapped so tightly around his neck that his head ballooned to the size of a soccer ball. After five days under veterinary care, the black lab mix's head has shrun ... More >>
St. Louis is for the dogs. A new study from the personal finance site Nerd Wallet says St. Louis is the ninth best city in America for dogs and their owners.
Boo Boo, the three-month-old bear cub who caused a brief rabies scare at a petting zoo at Washington University, has a new home at the Saint Louis Zoo -- for now. The bear cub narrowly avoided a death sentence after eighteen students came forward to say the animal had nibbled on their fingers, brea ... More >>
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 >>
The St. Louis County Department of Health's Animal Care and Control program has received the first positive rabies specimen in 2013. The specimen, officials say, in an announcement this morning, was a bat found in a home in the University City area. The health department cautions residents to avoi ... More >>
In the early-morning hours of October 9, 2011, Charles Zidek, a 37-year-old Chesterfield man, broke into his ex-girlfriend's home through a basement window and "tortured" her Italian greyhound, Vinny. Prosecutors say Zidek threw the dog against a wall, injuring him so badly that he eventually had ... More >>
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 >>
Attorney General Chris Koster shut down dog breeder C&N Sunset Kennels in Ellsinore, Missouri, for multiple violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act (ACFA). Owner Connie Nelson must now transfer all of her breeding dogs to rescue shelters, the public or licensed breeders who are ACFA complia ... More >>
Sue Wallis, the CEO of Unified Equine, resurfaced in the media recently to hint that her plans for a horse slaughter plant in Missouri continue apace. Wallis claims that the company has designs on a shuttered cattle processing plant in "western Missouri," with the exact location being kept a secret. ... More >>
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 >>
The dogs rescued lived among rodent droppings. Old and sick dogs had been shot to death.Inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture today removed more than 70 dogs from a Monett-based breeder in the first-ever enforcement of the state's new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act. Violations ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergA Senate bill would bring major changes to the Humane Society-backed initiative approved by voters in November.Missouri Senate Bill 113, the effort to undo the voter-approved crackdown on dog breeders, Prop B, is widely expected to pass the Senate today. (It was approved by voi ... More >>
State inspectors told dog breeder LInda Baxendale that if she didn't agree to shutter her business, they'd call in law enforcement, a new report says.Jennifer SilverbergState inspectors told a Stone County dog breeder in March 2010 that she needed to obtain additional housing for her dogs and get ... More >>
Jennifer Silverberg74 dogs were confiscated from a Crane, Missouri, facility last week -- one year after the state gave the business a passing gradeA Crane, Missouri, dog-breeding facility shut down by inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture last week for a host of severe deficienc ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThis dog used to belong to the Schindlers. Was he abused?This week's cover feature, Screw the Pooch, examines the prickly issue of puppy mills in Missouri. Though the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act -- Proposition B -- was passed by a narrow margin of voters, there is talk in ... More >>
Mark Buehrle: Dog's best friend.A Shetland sheep dog with an arrow shot through its abdomen is recovering from surgery today. Rescue workers in Alton discovered the dog early yesterday morning with an arrow protruding from both its sides and rushed the animal to a local veterinarian. A microchip ... More >>
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 >>
Wikimedia CommonsSome say their pups were just a pile of bones after devouring ham bones.Bad news for a Washington, Missouri, supplier of enticing dog treats: According to an AP story today, the federal Food & Drug Administration is investigating a slew of complaints against Dynamic Pet Produ ... More >>
This November, if a group called Missourians for the Protection of Dogs gets its way, Missouri voters will have a chance to vote on the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The Act proposes to curb the worst abuses in high-volume commercial dog breeding operations, known as puppy mills.flickr.com/phot ... More >>
The Hambone AwardAn English bulldog from the St. Louis 'burb of Warson Woods has won Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.'s Hambone Award for the most bizarre pet injury of the year. As reported here in Daily RFT, the bulldog named LuLu went to the veterinarian last December where surgeons removed a bott ... More >>
unrealitymag.comDisney villain a potential Missouri representative?It's déjá vu all over again in the puppy mill capital of America. Authorities raided a kennel near Rolla and rescued more than 100 little pooches- poodles, Yorkshires, and mini-Pinschers -- kept in filthy conditions and tin ... More >>
Back in January we told you about Lulu, the English bulldog from suburban St. Louis, whose owners took her to the vet only to discover 15 baby pacifiers lodged in the dog's gullet. "After the surgery, the contents of her stomach filled half of a one-gallon Ziploc bag," recalls Lulu's owner Jennif ... More >>
LuluLast December we told you about Lulu, a bulldog from Warson Woods whose owners took her to the vet to discover some 15 pacifiers and a bit of basketball lodged in the dog's stomach. Thankfully, the veterinary surgeons were able to remove the obstructions, and now Lulu is back.  ... More >>
Sgt. Jen Dipley, of Festus and of the Missouri Army National Guard, shipped out to Jalalabad, Afghanistan, five weeks ago, not to hunt for terrorists or WMD but to help the Afghans develop their own sustainable agriculture system.That means stuff they can eat, not stuff we can smoke.
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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. www.mo.gov A local whistle blower tipped the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of ... More >>
"Questionable" material is filtered off the menu at Saint Louis Bread Co.
Lethal injection looks painless and peaceful. On Missouri's death row, appearances can be deceiving.
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