Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:24 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Sep 25, 2012 9:25 AM
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.