There has been a breakthrough development in the recent animal torture case at the four-family building on the 5300 block of Wells Avenue in St. Louis city as Stray Rescue of St. Louis has lead the effort in the arrest of Darick Dashon Stallworth, 31, who was taken into custody the morning of Tuesday, May 22.
Stallworth is charged with three counts of animal abuse and two counts of neglect. Animal abuse is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000; the neglect charge is a misdemeanor punishable by 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.
On Tuesday, May 15, Founder Randy Grim and Stray Rescue staff discovered five deceased dogs tortured and mutilated at the vacant residence after a police officer notified the organization of a dead dog dangling on a second story window sill. X-rays taken as part of the necropsy report by Stray Rescue veterinary staff show that the dog in the window had severe trauma to the larynx, and it is believed that this was caused by the abusers positioning the dog on the window sill and slamming the window down upon him repeatedly, crushing his larynx and killing him. Other dogs were found strangled and burned.
Passing along all tips to St. Louis police officer Douglas McPherson, Grim and Stray Rescue staff worked tirelessly to build the case that has resulted in the arrest of Stallworth. “This is a victory for our city, and it is an example of how quickly and effectively we can get dangerous people off the street when we have help from the police department,” said Grim.