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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Reward Offered for Dog Found In North St. Louis With Burned-Off Ear

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 7:03 AM

  • Humane Society of Missouri
The Humane Society of Missouri calls it one of the worst cases of animal abuse its task force has ever encountered.

Yesterday the agency received a call about an injured dog near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Hamilton Avenue. When task force members arrived a short time later, they discovered a five-month-old boxer puppy with severe burns to his face, ear and torso. The dog, named Sonny, will likely lose the ear and faces a long and painful recovery, according to the Humane Society, which is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the dog's injuries.

Last month Stray Rescue uncovered an even more startling case of animal abuse in the same north St. Louis neighborhood of Hamilton Heights.

click to enlarge Sonny underwent emergency treatment for his burns.
  • Sonny underwent emergency treatment for his burns.
In that case an abandoned building had been turned into a killing den with five dead dogs found burned and tortured. Five days later city prosecutors charged neighborhood resident Darick Stallworth, 31, with three felony counts of animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. According to court records, he remains in custody on a $30,000 cash-only bond.

In October of last year, Stray Rescue rescued two starved dogs found in a Dumpster in north St. Louis. One of the canines later died of severe malnourishment on the operating table. Stray Rescue's founder, Randy Grim, later stirred a hornet's nest when he noted that animal abuse is rampant north St. Louis and that northsiders tend to be irresponsible pet owners.

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