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Story, a redshirt senior, was charged in August with aggravated animal cruelty to a Great Dane named Kodak, which belonged to a woman he had ly dated. Story did not give the dog food or water for three days, according to a complaint filed last year. Story later said Kodak had been left alone for "roughly a weeks time," according to the complaint.
Mississippi State suspended Story for two games last season. He ultimately played in nine games and saw snaps.
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On Tuesday, hours after the misdemeanor case was adjudicated, he appeared at football practice inside the Palmeiro Center on Mississippi State's campus. Story, who will turn 22 this month and already has an undergraduate degree from MSU, wore a red non-participant jersey and did core and conditioning work off to the side while his teammates went through a normal practice session.
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Last summer, Maryssa Edwards, Story's ex-girlfriend, moved back to Tennessee to take a job there. Edwards said she "had a lot on her plate" and Story offered to take care of Kodak until she was fully settled into her new situation.
Edwards, 21, said she and Story maintained regular contact after their breakup, so Edwards agreed to let her dog stay with him. Edwards bought Kodak, who is now approaching 2 years old, from a breeder when he was 10 weeks old. She said Story was always nice to and helpful with her dog while they dated.
She said she felt there was "love and a connection" between Kodak and Story. Story had Kodak for about one month last summer. In the beginning, Edwards said Story told her daily that Kodak was fine. She believed him. However, Edwards said her conversations with Story started to deteriorate while he had Kodak, and he wouldn't agree on a time for her to pick him up.
Extremely anxious to check on her dog, Edwards told Story she set out to make the four-hour drive from her home in Tennessee to Starkville to get Kodak. Edwards said Jay Perry, who is the Mississippi State football director of player development, met with Edwards and Story at an apartment complex where Story had been staying with a friend. Edwards said a Starkville police officer lived at the apartment complex, The Grove on Lynn Lane, where Story was supposed to be living with Kodak.
Edwards had stayed with Story at The Grove for weeks at a time when they were together.
Edwards said Story told her he lost the key to his unit. She contacted the police, and the officer who lived at the complex agreed to check out the unit. Edwards, her mother, the officer and Perry arrived at the two-bedroom unit where Kodak was being held.
Story stayed in the car, she said. There was an eviction notice addressed to Story on the door. When the group walked into the unit, the place was "trashed" and reeked of a smell Edwards said she will "never get out of her head. Edwards went to the back bedroom and opened the door to find Kodak on the floor amid his own urine and feces. She said Kodak struggled to get himself up to greet her. Janelle Edwards, who is Maryssa's mother, said dog toys and pieces of trash were strewn throughout the room. A bag of dog food was in the kitchen, but Kodak did not have access to it.
She saw the door frame had been chewed in what she described as an "obvious attempt that Kodak was trying to escape.
A full-grown, healthy male Great Dane typically weighs well over pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Kodak, who was 9 months old when he was rescued from the apartment, weighed 70 pounds. Kodak should have been between 85 and pounds at that age, according to GreatDaneLady. Edwards said he weighed Had Kodak's score been one point lower, he would have been legally considered "emaciated," according to a definition on the VCA Animal Hospital's website. Kodak has been back in Edwards' custody since he was released.
He had to stay at the shelter in Starkville for two days for testing before she could reunite with him for good. Edwards said he weighs pounds now. Edwards said the situation took a toll on her, her friends and her family. She said she's struggled with depression for blaming herself for what happened to Kodak while she left him with Story.
Edwards remembers watching Kodak "just scarf his food down" for the first few days she had him back. She said she sat there and stared at the bones visible through his fur because of how skinny he was. It is such a sick and cruel act by humans, and I want Kodak's story to be known so people really know how out of control animal cruelty is getting to be. Contact Tyler Horka at thorka gannett.
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