Police: Ames Man Stabbed Puppy, Left it in Dumpster


Moose (Ames Animal Shelter)

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AMES, Iowa – An Ames man is facing charges of animal torture after police say he stabbed his pet puppy and left it in a dumpster.

Twenty-year-old Rashidi D. Simba was arrested Friday and booked into the Story County Jail on one charge of animal torture. Police say he admitted to stabbing the puppy and putting it in the dumpster.

Rashidi Simba (WHO-HD)

The Ames Police Department says they responded to a report of an injured puppy in a dumpster in the 600 block of Squaw Creek Drive on April 14. The German shepherd puppy, named Moose, was found to have a stab wound in his side.

Animal Control was called to help and they transported the puppy to a vet clinic, where he received medical treatment until April 18th. The puppy is now being cared for at the Ames Animal Shelter.

Animal Control Director Ron Edwards spoke about the case in a video posted to the Ames Animal Shelter’s Facebook page Friday morning. He said the stabbing happened when Simba returned home and discovered Moose had gone to the bathroom on the carpet.

Police were able to determine Simba was the owner of the puppy.

Animal torture is an aggravated misdemeanor.


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