For the second time in less than a week,Mayor Francis Slay has once again utilized his St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force to combat severe dog abuse.
The Animal Cruelty Task Force was faced with a painful case where a dog from the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante, now named Brownie, endured severe burns all over his body.
Although Stray Rescue was unable to give details regarding this case, they were compelled to share part of Brownie’s story due to the flood of responses from concerned people and support via the group’s social media page.
Brownie was subjected to a short, heavy chain, and fell victim to an abusive owner. Currently, he is fighting for his life at Veterinary Specialty Services. The dog’s recovery will be a slow and agonizing process, but he is said to have a survivor’s spirit like so many Stray Rescue saves.
Since October 1st, 2012, there have been over 100 reported cases investigated, over 22 arrests made, and over 200 animal control citations have been issued.
The Mayor Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force is a leading force in St. Louis not only in the investigation, prosecution, and conviction of animal abuse and neglect, but also in tackling the problem from a preventative standpoint according to Stray Rescue.
The Task Force, of which Stray Rescue plays a critical role, seeks to share information and resources. They develop relationships within the community as a means of ending the cycle of abuse and offer hope to those who want to see a significant change.
“It’s definitely changed the landscape; there used to be a dog on every corner,” said Randy Grim, Stray Rescue's Founder. “We’re building a dynamic, special relationship with North St. Louis and there’s been an incredible response from the community in reporting cases.
Stray Rescue is asking for donations to The Stracks Fund, their emergency medical fund, to help ensure Brownie, and those like him are assured continuous medical care, so they are able to recover, love, and be loved.
The organization would also like to remind citizens that there is a St. Louis City ordinance in place regarding the tethering dogs.