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Animal Abuse
10:16 am
Thu October 4, 2012

St. Louis Man Gets Four Years In Animal Abuse Case

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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.

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Animal Abuse
9:19 am
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis PD Assigns One Officer To New Animal Abuse Task Force

Stray Rescue's Randy Grim holds up a picture of a tortured dog. At left, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and at right, Officer Louis Naes.
(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.

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Tortured dogs
4:28 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Charges filed in animal cruelty case

Stray Rescue's facilities in St. Louis.
(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.

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Morning round-up
9:27 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 2, 2011

State Sen. Joe Keaveny has filed legislation that would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s.
St. Louis Public Radio

STL area democrat files local control legislation

The legislation, sponsored by Joe Keaveny, would return the St. Louis Police Department back to local control for the first time since the 1850s. Thursday was the first day lawmakers could file bills for next year's session, which starts January 4th.  Local control bills failed during both this year's regular and special sessions as they became bargaining chips in the tax credit battle between the House and Senate. 

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Animal House Fund
3:19 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Aldermen vote to free up money for Stray Rescue

Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim carries a puppy to a transport van during a rescue in the summer of 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A year-long battle over the best way to use about $258,000 in donated tax dollars that were originally intended for a new city-operated shelter is over.

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New city shelter
5:52 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Board of E&A approves funds for new animal shelter

The city of St. Louis hopes to soon completely vacate the old city pound on Gasconade, pictured here. The new pound will be located in an old vehicle emissions station on the north side.
(Warren Nichols/St. Louis Department of Health)

The nearly 10-year-old effort to build a new city animal shelter came a big step closer to completion today, when the Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved the use of $170,000 in capital improvement funds to retrofit an old vehicle emissions station on St. Louis's north side to safely and humanely house animals.

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Animal control Phase II
4:58 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

City outlines needs for newer animal control strategy

Stray Rescue's facilities in St. Louis.
(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new city animal shelter on the north side, a full-time veterinarian and vet techs to staff it, and more animal control officers are all on the wish list for the city of St. Louis in the second phase of its new animal control strategy.

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Animal control
3:56 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Animal shelter money appears headed for another political showdown

Money to help Stray Rescue finish its shelter appears headed for another political showdown with a resolution introduced today at the Board of Aldermen
(Johanna Mayer/St. Louis Public Radio)

Accusations of political gamesmanship are flying today after the introduction of a new St. Louis Board of Aldermen resolution giving about $255,000 to the non-profit animal rescue organization Stray Rescue.

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Animal control
5:42 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mandatory spay-neuter clears committee; funds for Stray Rescue do not

A law that would require pets to be spayed/neutered and microchipped got committee approval today; funds to help Stray Rescue complete its shelter did not.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

What Ald. Stephen Conway called a comprehensive animal control strategy for St. Louis is somewhat in limbo tonight after an aldermanic committee passed one bill, rejected a second, and waited to take action on a third.

What passed:

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Stray Rescue
6:35 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Stray Rescue reflects on a year as St. Louis' official dog shelter

The city’s pound on Gasconade once held most of the stray dogs the city would pick up in a day. Now, it houses just dangerous or bite dogs, and those that are part of the court system.
(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.

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