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Updated with information about new case.

A 31-year-old St. Louis man will spend up to four years behind bars for torturing, mutilating and killing five dogs and leaving their bodies in a vacant building on the city's north side.

Darick Dashon Stallworth pleaded guilty in August to three counts of animal abuse and and two of animal neglect. He'll serve four years for the animal abuse charges, and 15 days for the neglect charges, all concurrently.

(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is creating a task force aimed at reducing animal cruelty in the city.

Slay announced the creations of the “Mayor Francis Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force” during a press conference at Stray Rescue on Tuesday.

Among other things, the city police department will dedicate one full-time officer to animal abuse cases.

Slay says the task force sends a message that cases of animal neglect and cruelty will be prosecuted just as thoroughly as any other crime.

(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.