- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A German shepherd that was shot in the back and left for dead in May has made what his handlers call a miraculous recovery.

The dog was badly abused, then shot, in what St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force chief Randy Grim called the worst case of animal abuse he has seen. Grim told KTVI-TV (http://bit.ly/1pxbjKC ) that the dog was initially paralyzed.

Volunteers helped nurse the dog, initially dubbed Shep, back to health. Meanwhile Support Dogs Inc. executive director Bill Dahlkamp heard about the dog and decided to adopt him, renaming him Roman.

Today, Roman works as a support dog, helping others. His gait is somewhat stilted, but he walks again.

Authorities urge anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

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Information from: KTVI-TV, http://www.fox2now.com/

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