“This sick bxxxxxd better get the max time in Jail, fined the most & never ever be allowed to interact, work or own animals for the rest of his life….If he doesn’t there will be many more like me asking why?”

ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man has been charged with animal abuse and neglect for allegedly torturing and mutilating five dogs inside a vacant building in mid-May.

Darick D. Stallworth, 31, was charged May 22, 2012, with animal abuse and neglect in connection with the torturing and mutilating of five dogs inside a vacant building in St. Louis.

Darick Dashon Stallworth, 31, of the 2900 block of Lexington Avenue, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Charges were just issued.

Tipsters who reported Stallworth to Stray Rescue were calling him “Scarface,” and it’s suspected that he has a history of animal abuse, said Jason Schipkowski of Stray Rescue.

The animal-rescue group turned over the tips to police. Katie O’Sullivan, a police department spokeswoman, announced the arrest via Twitter on Tuesday morning, thanking Stray Rescue and concerned citizens for their help. She had no details on a possible motive in the case.

The abuse happened at a vacant four-family building at 5321 Wells Avenue.

On May 15, police called Stray Rescue after a dead dog was seen dangling from a second-floor window sill of the building. Stray Rescue’s founder, Randy Grim, and two staff members arrived and found the decomposing bodies of five adult pit bulls that had been tortured and mutilated.

One of the dogs had been choked, another burned. Some of dogs’ fur appeared to have been peeled off.

A photo taken by Stray Rescue, showing Stray Rescue’s founder Randy Grim and one of the dead dogs at a vacant building on Wells Avenue.

Douglas McPherson, a St. Louis police officer, said in court papers that a tipster told police that Stallworth had been with two pit bulls in the back yard of the property on Wells, and that dogs were malnourished, living in their own feces, surrounded by flies, and had no source of food or water.

Stallworth admitted to police that he snapped the neck of his dog, a pit bull named Face, and threw the dog’s body in the basement. That’s the dog found dead in the second-floor window sill, police say.

The building was a recently vacant apartment house near Union Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive.

Stray Rescue says X-rays taken as part of the necropsy report show that the dog in the window had “traumatic trauma to the larynx. Stray Rescue veterinary staff believes that this was caused by the abusers positioning the dog on the window sill and slamming the window down upon him repeatedly, crushing his larynx and killing him.”

Rescuers also found chains and electrical cords used to restrain and strangle the animals inside the apartment. The building’s front doors were boarded up with “No Trespassing, No Loitering” signs. Stray Rescue said graffiti was scrawled on the interior walls of the building.

Stray Rescue initially offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a criminal conviction in the case, but that reward was later increased to $10,000 after more donors came forward. Anyone with additional information about the abuse case can call Stray Rescue at (314) 771-6121.

Stallworth is charged with three counts of animal abuse and two counts of neglect. Animal abuse is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000; the neglect charge is a misdemeanor punishable by 15 days in jail and a $300 fine. The charges allege the abuse took place between April 15 and May 15.

News link: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-man-arrested-in-mutilation-torture-of-dogs/article_73bdb84a-a412-11e1-8f5c-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1vinuyRqS

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