Randy Grim

Task force takes aim at animal abuse

Jul 9, 2013
Randy Grim still goes out and rescues strays. Here he coaxes a terrier into trusting him. But the city's police force and health department have joined in the effort to reduce animal mistreatment.
Dale Hart | Beacon intern | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The man stops talking and grabs the phone. It was the call he had been waiting for.

“He’s under arrest. What? For real? That’s great news man, really, thanks.” With a huge sigh of relief, Randy Grim, founder and director of Stray Rescue and head of St. Louis’ Animal Cruelty Task Force, relaxed back into his seat, a restful smile stretched across his face.

“That was Officer Naes,” said Grim. “I think we might be able to get a conviction.”

(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.

(Photo by Warren Nichols/St. Louis Department of Health)

Last year, 90 dogs left the St. Louis city pound for what Mayor Francis Slay hoped would be a better life. The move marked the end of an attempt by the city to replace its aging pound with a state-of-the-art shelter funded by donations.

From that day on, Stray Rescue - a non-profit with 24 employees and an army of volunteers - cared for all but a handful of dogs and answered the city's animal control calls: all without taking a dime of city money.

If you believe the city’s health department, there are fewer strays on the street, and more dogs are being adopted. But there are questions about how long the success will last.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

In December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that money collected via tax bills for a planned new animal shelter in the city of St. Louis was sitting in a special fund with no place to be used.