Tortured dogs
4:28 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Charges filed in animal cruelty case

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.