Dog shot and left for dead overcomes paralysis to inspire

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force is looking for a person who shot a dog in the back and left it for dead. The animal not only survived, but also overcame being paralyzed and is now helping other people.

Randy Grim called it, “One of the worst animal abuse cases I`ve heard of in the Country and of course it`s sad that it happened here in St. Louis. Grim said the dog was ‘sodomized and then they shot him in the back of the neck and left him paralyzed.’ Yet Grim says the dog ‘represents the bad, but he represents more good than he does bad.”

In May, volunteers at Stray Rescue were determined to show that their love would overcome the evil done to the German Shepherd named Shep.

Grim said, “So many people were a big part of his recovery.”

Volunteers wheeled Shep around in a wagon. A few miles away, Bill Dahlkamp heard about Shep. He had to see for himself. Dahlkamp described walking into Stray Rescue and seeing a dog pulled in a wagon. You can still see the awe in Dahlkamp`s eyes as he recollected a volunteer pointing out Shep, “She said that was him and I was like, Wow.”

He explained how the Shep, “Wants to do it himself. He is the most determined dog I think I have ever seen.”

Dahlkamp adopted Shep and renamed him Roman to signify a new start. He said Roman has gone from paralysis to freedom in just five months. He said, “He`s thriving and I say thriving capitalized and underlined three times.”

Dahlkamp works with dogs for a living, as the executive director of a non-profit that helps people through animals.

It`s called Support Dogs. Dahlkamp explained, “We work with special needs people every day and so now I say now I have a special needs dog.”

He`s made room alongside his other two German Shepherds. He added, “To me, I`m very humbled, that something could fight so hard to live and now I have the responsibility to make sure his life is the best possible.”

Yet Dahlkamp says he may be learning more from the dog. He said, “It`s kind of overwhelming when you say I`m going to solve the world`s problems. You can`t. You can`t solve the world`s problems, but if you can make the world better for just one of those creatures and do what you can to truly help them, I think that`s a great thing.”

Randy Grim added, “If it can be that one human being or that one dog… whatever act of kindness you can do in the community.”

Grim and Dahlkamp agree that it was love that healed Roman. They hope people can find it in themselves to do the same thing for each other.

Call police if you have information about shot the dog Roman in the back on May 5th near 4700 McMillan.

For more information on Roman/Shep, you can visit Stray Rescue`s page – http://strayrescue.org/shep

You can check out Support Dogs at – http://supportdogs.org/