New St. Louis Task Force Goes After Those Who Abuse Animals

4 years 3 months 4 weeks ago September 25, 2012 Sep 25, 2012 Tuesday, September 25 2012 Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:24:00 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is creating a task force aimed at reducing animal cruelty in the city.

Slay plans a news conference Tuesday to announce creation of the Mayor's Animal Cruelty Task Force. A spokeswoman says plans call for reducing cruelty to animals through education and rigorous prosecution.

In a recent high-profile case, a St. Louis man pleaded guilty to killing five dogs inside a vacant building. Members of Stray Rescue of St. Louis found the decomposing bodies of five adult pit bulls in May. The rescue group was called after a neighbor saw a dead dog dangling from the second-floor windowsill.

Darick Dashon Stallworth pleaded guilty in August and faces sentencing Oct. 4.

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