SAD UPDATE: Emaciated Dog Left To Fend For Himself In Extreme Cold

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UPDATE 12th December:-

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Francis has passed away. He left peacefully during surgery, and we are thankful that he did not die on the cold streetIf only for a short time, he knew what it meant to be loved and cared for. From the bottom of our hearts, we are forever grateful for your support of Francis and all of the others we have yet to rescue as we trudge along through this frigid weather. Francis’ rescue story is below…

December 10, Life for a dog dubbed “Francis,” has been hard. When the biting, bitter cold hit St. Louis, Mo., what was formerly difficult became nearly life-ending.

Rescuers with Stray Rescue of St. Louis came upon Francis on Tuesday; the beleaguered senior dog was clearly in distress and in need of immediate help.

Francis’ skeletal body was gently lifted from the frozen ground and he was carried to a vehicle which would transport him to an emergency veterinary team.

As the temperatures dip below freezing, our worries rise. During this extreme weather, the deck is stacked against even the healthiest of street dogs. Sadly, there are also other, more susceptible four-legged friends out there – senior dogs and puppies who really struggle to survive in the elements. As soon as Randy and Donna knew he was in the best hands possible, they were out the door and back in the rescue Jeep again.

The elderly shepherd, who is estimated to be 10 years of age, was placed on I.V. fluids, provided with oxygen and warmed with heated blankets.

The rescue agency captured video of Francis’ first moments at the veterinary hospital; it is painfully evident that the dog is defeated, exhausted and on the brink of nearly giving up altogether.

Francis is not yet out of the woods, but today, for the first time in far too long, he is warm, safe and receiving the compassion and kindness that he deserves.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/emaciated-dog-left-to-fend-for-himself-extreme-cold?cid=PROD-redesign-right-next

Randy and Donna hit the streets like they do every day and, with the temperatures turning bitter cold, their typical sense of urgency was even greater. Responding to another call, they turned down an alley. As they drove, Donna shouted to stop the car. They simultaneously saw the frigid, defeated body of a Shepard Mix, and Randy jumped out of the car – knowing right away that this dog needed to get warm… immediately. Randy named him Franics, as in Franics of Assisi, patron saint of animals. This sweet old dog needs all the help he can get.

Rushing back to the Stray Rescue Trauma Centre, Randy called ahead to alert the vet staff about what he was bringing back.Watch the video below to see an intimate look at Francis arriving at the shelter and our amazing vet team jumping into action.

Francis Rescue

Published on 10 Dec 2013

Rescuing Francis from frigid winter temperatures. See the entire story at:-www.strayrescue.org/RescuingFrancis

Please keep thinking positive thoughts for Francis, and we will post updates as they become available. You can make a difference right now by contributing to his medical care, and the medical care of future rescues as we fight to save as many as possible this winter. During this critical time, the need is greater than ever.

Thankfully, because of the generosity of the Stray Rescue family, hope is never far away during this season of giving. Please click the link below to donate to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund.

Web site:– http://strayrescue.org/RescuingFrancis

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/StrayRescue

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Graphic Video & Image: Adrienne Martin Charged In Dog Abuse Case

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This is appalling & I ask you all to sign the petition below...Adrienne Martin must face the maximum punishment available, for torturing this dog. This was no accident, she purposely set out to burn this poor dog, who endured such severe injuries; it led to its untimely death!  Please spread the petition; Martin must pay for this sickening crime!

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 35-year-old woman in connection with an animal abuse case after a dog was found outside a north city home with severe burns and eventually died.

PHOTOS: Dog with severe burns rescued in north St. Louis

The dog was found July 10 anchored to a chain in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue with burns covering his eyes, nose, feet, ears, legs and body. The animal, which rescues called “Brownie,” had been recovering at the Veterinary Specialty Services prior to his death.

Adrienne Martin, 35, faces two felony charges after investigators say she admitting to setting a dog on fire in North St. Louis.

With signs and flyers, St. Louis’ animal cruelty task force took this case seriously. It’s an arrest members hope will get attention.

PHOTOS: Martin brags on Facebook page about killing dogs

Near the empty dog house, to the left of the dog sign, the singed leaves, animal cruelty investigators say, show the site of the fire that took the life of the dog named Brownie.

“Gasoline was poured on him and then he was lit on fire with a lighter,” said Randy Grim with the organization Stray Rescue. Grim is also a member of St. Louis’ new animal cruelty task force.

“His eyes and face were burned completely, so even if he would have recovered he would never have been able to see again,” said Grim.

Brownie died a few days later. Martin is now charged with two felony counts, animal abuse and knowingly burning.

Investigators say she admitted torching the dog as he was chained to a fence because he had previously bitten her son.

“I don’t think she did it,” said Trena Block, Martin’s sister and the owner of Brownie.

Even though her sister confessed and witnesses picked her out of a line-up, Block believes her sister is innocent.

But more evidence pointing to Martin are posts authorities say she wrote on her Facebook page stating, “I’m on killa mode and the hastag killdogs.com.” and “I mean what I say and I say what I mean, hastag alldogsdon’tgoto heaven.com”.

Dog set on fire dies!!

Trena claims Martin was referring to her husband. 

“All dogs don’t go to heaven meaning you being so bad to me, I’m your wife and you ain’t going to go to heaven just off of this,” she said.

The felony charges are the first for St. Louis’ animal task force formed last October and Grim says they speak loudly.

“People are watching St. Louis to see how we handle this and I want to set a good example for other cities and maybe they’ll have a task force of their own,” said Grim.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis says since October 1, 2012 over 100 cases of animal abuse have been investigated, 24 arrests have been made, and more than 200 animal control citations have been issued.

News Link:http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/389868/3/Woman-charged-in-dog-abuse-case-

Please sign this petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/st-louis-circuit-attorney-s-office-maximum-punishment-to-adrienne-martin-for-the-killing-of-brownie

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DOG TORCHED: Woman Faces Felony Charges She Burned Her

Published on 25 Jul 2013

DOG TORCHED: Woman Faces Felony Charges She Burned Her Dog to Death

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KMOV reports St. Louis Police have charged a woman with felony animal cruelty charges after she allegedly killed her dog with a blowtorch. KMOX says the woman responsible is Adrienne Martin. The dog, named Brownie, was taken to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis after it was discovered, but the rescue couldn’t save the dog’s live. KMOV also says Martin bragged about the dog’s death on her Facebook page.

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Donation Ordered To Humane Society In Cennitra Fowler Dog Abuse Case

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“Personally, I think this cold hearted bitch; deserved a far more severe sentence for letting a dog die! She got off bloody lightly & shouldn’t be allowed to own other animals period. What’s the point in ordering someone to a attend an animal care class; when they clearly don’t give a shit about animals!!”

ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis woman has admitted to one of the city’s worst known cases of animal neglect, in which she starved her two dogs to near death, then threw one of them away in the trash bin behind her house.

Cennitra Fowler

The dog who was tossed in the trash later died. He was named “Our Little Boy” by Stray Rescue, the animal rescue group that tried to save him. The other dog, “Our Little Girl,” was so emaciated she could not stand, but ultimately recovered and was adopted.

Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim called it one of the worst cases of animal neglect he’s experienced, and when the cityannounced the formation of an Animal Abuse Task Force in September, it was one of the first to be prosecuted.

Cennitra Fowler, 22, the owner of the two dogs, pleaded guilty on Friday to two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. In exchange for her plea, prosecutors recommended and a judge ordered she serve one year of unsupervised probation in which she will have to perform 24 hours of community service, take an animal care class with Stray Rescue and donate $75 to the Humane Society of Missouri. She is also not allowed to have or care for any pets during that time.

The range of punishment for an animal abuse charge is up to one year in jail.

On Tuesday, Grim said he thought Fowler “got off quite easy” given the trauma the dogs went through, but that he also understands sentencing options were limited for the misdemeanor charges that were issued.

“If she doesn’t want to go to jail she has to do everything right and take responsibility for her actions,” he noted. “One dog died because of her. Could (the sentence) be tougher? Sure. But I’m just glad there’s an educational component.”

Grim said the class at Stray Rescue is not an easy one, and he will not hesitate to report to the judge if Fowler does not participate wholeheartedly.

“This is her chance to show she can be responsible,” he said.

Fowler called the city about her two dogs in October 2011; it’s not clear why. Stray Rescue volunteers who responded said they found the female dog with bones protruding.

“I threw the other dog away,” Fowler told them of the male dog.

Prosecutors said the formation of the task force a year later enabled them to charge Fowler. Before the task force, there was no coordinated approach between the city health department, police and Stray Rescue.

Cases like Fowler’s had also previously been handled as ordinance violations in municipal court.

News Link:-http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-woman-admits-to-throwing-dog-in-trash-bin/article_596d8a0e-a1c6-5d47-a23b-7ccef2a22b04.html

St. Louis man charged in mutilation, torture of dogs

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“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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