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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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

UPDATE: Kenneth the Dog Whose Face Was Almost Sliced Off Has Had His Re-Construction Surgery

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“Update on beautiful Kenneth….Oh this truly is wonderful to see, I knew they would be able to repair his face & make him beautiful again. I made a small donation via ChipIn, it’s so gratifying to see that any money donated has been spent on making Kenneth beautiful again of course there is all the after care medications to think of too. If surgery is done Pro-Bono, then donations will be used for medical attention, medications, supplies etc. Thank you to anyone who donated, doesn’t it feel great to know you played a small part in making his surgery possible; & giving Kenneth his life back. Not sure if he will remain with the person that rescued him.

“Now all they need to do is find the evil POS that did this to Kenneth!” 

Many thanks to the team at IRO  (Island Rescue Organization) & CSDC (Cebu South Dog Club) for making this happen!

“Kenneth send his LOVE to all who made this possible!”

ERRATUM: the date on the PHOTO should be October 9, 2012, NOT as posted as October “7”. We sincerely apologize for the error.

Kenneth’s first PUBLIC post surgery photo. Taken October 9, 2012. 16 Hours After his successful re-construction surgical operation (surgery was made on October 8, 2012; around 6PM PH Time, +8 GMT).

Kenneth after surgery!

This is the SAME photo we have furnished the press/media today October 9,2012. we fervently hope for the understanding of the press for not letting them go inside Kenneth’s recovery room. we refrained unnecessary visits of Kenneth to avoid changes in his stress level.

UPDATE Oct. 9 , 2012; 11AM PH TIME (+8 GMT)
Statement from Nena Hernandez, IRO President:
Post surgical update on Kenneth: He ate very well this morning. Kenneth tried to take off his bandages and in the process some of his stitches got out.

Dr. Ivy Alvarez-Zialcita (Animal Wellness Veterinary Hospital) then decided to staple that section and not put the bandages that way he won’t try to take it off and in the process his stitches would be removed.

He is using an Elizabethan collar so that he doesn’t attempt to remove any more stitches. He is also being sedated to facilitate his healing. He is breathing through one nostril because the other nostril is swollen. Once the swelling subsides, he will be able to breath through that nostril.

He is getting annoyed of the process, again which is normal and a good sign, but Doc Ivy said he is a good boy. No personal visits of Kenneth is allowed except IRO (Island Rescue Organization) and CSDC (Cebu South Dog Club) officers. There is a press conference tomorrow October 10, 2012 @4PM in Animal Wellness Veterinary Clinic.

Kenneth – Post Surgery Team

Face Book Link:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151262176102594&set=a.10151262175942594.520179.100266097593&type=1&theater

Face Book Video of Kenneth before surgery:-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151260373407594&set=vb.100266097593&type=2&theater

Face Book Link-The story of Kenneth’s, his rescue & surgery:-https://www.facebook.com/Cebu.South.Dog.Club

Four Year Sentence in St. Louis “House Of Horrors” Torture Case

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Darick Stallworth of St. Louis, who pleaded guilty to three counts of felony animal abuse and torture and two counts of animal abuse and abandonment, was sentenced to four years in prisonon Thursday morning.

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.

This marks the first successful felony prosecution in St. Louis since the city has stepped up efforts to fight animal abuse.

Back in May, Randy Grim, the owner of Stray Rescue of St. Louis was contacted by police about a dead dog that was hanging from a second-story window of an abandoned apartment building. When Randy and other members of Stray Rescue checked out the apartment building with police they found five dead dogs, all of which had clearly been tortured.

The five deceased pit bull dogs had been hanged, strangled and burned. Stray Rescue, which responds to many animal abuse cases described the scene as “one of the most horrendous cases of animal abuse we have ever encountered.”

Stray Rescue Founder Randy Grim

 

Defense attorneys for Stallworth petitioned the judge for leniency and asked for only probation because 31-year-old Stallworth has an IQ of only 54 and has never been in trouble before. Stallworth’s parents believe sending him to prison serves no purpose and that he needs counselling and rehabilitation.

Many supporters of Stray Rescue showed up to the courthouse for the sentencing. Grim said the sentencing was “a start” and added, “This case will haunt me for the rest of my life. It’s ingrained in my brain forever and it’s like a nightmare that’s always in the back of your mind.”

The severity of this case, along with other animal abuse cases in St. Louis, has led to the creation of the St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force. Their goal is to raise awareness, increase convictions and deter future animal abuse. Grim whose rescue organization was a key member to the creation of the task force stated, “This is a new day in St. Louis, and I want to see this become one of the most humane cities in the country, not just with the animals but with each other.”

Video & News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/10/four-year-sentence-in-st-louis-house-of-horrors-torture-case/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeWithDogs+%28Life+With+Dogs%29

Related:https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/st-louis-man-charged-in-mutilation-torture-of-dogs/

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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FIND THESE CRIMINALS AND BRING THEM TO JUSTICE.

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“Whoever did this, in my opinion, are not fit to breath the same air as normal people. Please sign this petition, even if just for the sake of those innocents who died, they deserve to have their story told!”

On the afternoon of May 15, 2012, Stray Rescue staff was notified by the police that a dead dog was hanging out of a second story window.

Founder Randy Grim and rescuer’s Donna and Emily responded and found an unforgettably gruesome scene. Not only were five dead dogs in the house, including the one hanging out of the window, but the dogs had been tortured. As if ripped from some sort of shocking horror film, they had truly been through hell.

In a house littered with gang graffiti, rescuers found chains and electrical cords used to restrain and strangle dogs. They found skeletal remains of a dog who had been choked to death, and a trail of dried blood that led to an area where a dog was burned – more than likely alive. Furniture was stacked upon more furniture over the body of a once living being, who had also been strangled with a cable cord. The lifeless body of the dog seen through the upstairs window was draped over the window sill. X-rays taken as part of the necropsy report revealed 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.

One witness in the area, who wishes to remain anonymous because they are afraid of the gang who committed the abuse, reported a sixth dog who was lynched, having been hung out of a window. This dog has not been recovered.

Absolutely no living being deserves this kind of unspeakable treatment, and those who did this deserve no better. Three police officers stood by, as well as city employees, who were there to board up the house after the dogs’ bodies were taken in hopes that this torture chamber would remain closed permanently.

http://www.strayrescue.org/node/4289

There should be NO REASON for these unspeakable, horrific, and absolutely immoral actions against innocent lives to have occurred. Efforts need to be doubled IMMEDIATELY to find these criminals, bringing them swiftly to justice. Additionally, the penalties for animal abuse MUST be made greater and upheld.

Link to petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/find-these-criminals-and-bring-them-to-justice

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