Updated 4:23 p.m. May 22 with name of person arrested, charges filed: From the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office:
"Darick Stallworth has been charged with three counts of animal abuse and two counts of 1st degree animal neglect."
Here's a link to the probable cause statement related to the case.
Updated 8:30 a.m. May 22:
St. Louis police have arrested a suspect in an animal abuse case in north St. Louis.
The 31-year-old male was taken into custody yesterday afternoon. Police will seek charges against him today.
Original Story (posted 5:39 p.m. on May 17, 2012):
The reward has doubled for help in solving a horrific animal cruelty case in St. Louis where five dogs were found tortured at a vacant house near Union and Martin Luther King Blvds.
Donations from the community have increased Stray Rescue’s initial reward for information leading to an arrest to $10,000.
The animal shelter’s founder Randy Grim says in his 20 years on the job he’s never seen such cruelty.
“This was like a house of horrors," he said. "It’s like every kind of abuse you can think of was done in this house and that’s what makes it stand out. It’s not a regular abuse case; it’s multiple animals that were being tortured.”
Grim says animal abuse is a significant problem in the city and hopes this case will raise awareness about the issue.