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Cennitra Fowler Admits She Threw Dog In Trash To Die; Stray Rescue Calls For Stricter Laws

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Stray Rescue
Our Little Girl, who survived.
Cennitra Fowler, a 22-year-old St. Louis woman, has admitted in court that she starved her two dogs and then dumped one in the trash to die. Her punishment? One year of unsupervised probation involving 24 hours of community service, an animal care class and a $75 donation to the Humane Society of Missouri.

"I don't know if she learned her lesson," Randy Grim, founder of the Stray Rescue of St. Louis, tells Daily RFT. "I worry about how she treats others."

Grim has close ties to this case. Fowler had called Stray Rescue two years ago to inform the organization that she had thrown away her dog -- just like any other piece of trash.

See also:
- Cennitra Fowler, 22, Charged With Abuse and Neglect of Two Dogs
- Animal Neglect Rampant in North St. Louis, Says Stray Rescue
- Our Little Girl: Dog Found Starved in North St. Louis Now Living Sweet Life

"We've gotta get the laws changed so that we can make it easier to charge people like Ms. Fowler with a felony," Grim says. "Sadly, under Missouri law, this is a misdemeanor."

As we reported back in 2011, Fowler was accused of starving her two dogs -- later named "Our Little Boy" and "Our Little Girl" -- so severely that they could barely walk. She told Stray Rescue that she dumped one of them in the trash.

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Cennitra Fowler.

"It was a very disturbing scene," recalls Grim, who went to rescue the two back in the fall of 2011. "She stood there like she was talking about the weather."

The dog discarded in the trash, eventually called Our Little Boy, died. Miraculously, Our Little Girl, with the help of Stray Rescue, survived and was adopted.

"She's very happy," Grim says of the surviving dog. "She's fat."

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Stray Rescue
Our Little Boy before his death.

Grim knows it would require a dedicated fight to push for a reform in Missouri law so that someone who treats animals this terribly would get jail time.

"If this case enrages anybody, let's all as a community work together to get something similar like this to be a felony and not a misdemeanor," he says.

Grim says he recognizes that there has been some progress.

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via Our Little Girl Facebook Page

"A year ago, this would've never even gone to court," she says. "A year ago, she would've gotten a parking ticket."

Still, the punishment she is facing does not fit the crime, he adds, even if she is barred from owning an animal for a year.

"I am glad that there is an educational component to it," Grim says, "but the person needs to want to be educated."

Continue for more of our interview with Randy Grim and for more photos of Our Little Girl.



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julie.brown.8000
julie.brown.8000

I think animal abusers should have to register with the police just like sex offenders do. Would I want to live next to this woman? Hell no. I wouldn't even want her on my block. I believe a fitting punishment would be to get the same abuse that she gave the animals. Tie/lock her up and starve her. She's obviously not right in the head....

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

The courts keep sending a very clear message which is: Go out and kill, rape and abuse people and animals, whatever and there will be no consequences. WTF

Araceli Kopiloff
Araceli Kopiloff

I can think of a thing or two to do to that woman! What a piece of trash! How about dropping off the dog at stray rescue?

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

Oh good, unsupervised probation! Yea, now she can go out, and dump more innocent animals in the trash. Way to go Court System!

Button Mauser
Button Mauser

I definitely like dogs more than most people!

Sally Monaco
Sally Monaco

She should have been locked up for a very long time. Imagine what she would do to children!

Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson

This is disgusting. Someone needs to dump her in the Mississippi with concrete loafers.

Elizabeth Eyers
Elizabeth Eyers

How can she only be barred from owning animals for a year? So basically she will be free to do such despicable acts again. HUGE need for stricter laws/punishments.

Judy Ritchey Knox
Judy Ritchey Knox

I have one word! Unbelievable! !! Oh and another! May she rot! !!!! In u know where¡!!

Diane Gibson Reynolds
Diane Gibson Reynolds

why do people think its ok to starve a dog she needs to go without food for a week and see what its like

Debbie Hanley Parsons
Debbie Hanley Parsons

Seriously? Huge fail in the system once more! May the lack of life she gave these dogs, return to her for the remainder of her pitiful life!!!

Susan Glaser
Susan Glaser

And then Phineas remains in dog jail, going on his second yr! Terrible cruelty.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

I hope her community service is cleaning the dogs out of the gas chamber when they're pts.

nettycash
nettycash

lock her in a cell, starve her, ( no food or water)  & when she is too weak to walk toss her in the trash to die!  lets see how she likes it!     that poor baby didn't deserve to die.  any ideas why she did this?  some people really make me sick!!!

nettycash
nettycash

lock her in a cell, starve her, ( no food or water)  & when she is too weak to walk toss her in the trash to die!  lets see how she likes it!     that poor baby didn't deserve to die.  any ideas why she did this?  some people really make me sick!!!

Casey Pierce
Casey Pierce

UTTER DISGUST. What a heartless, disgusting woman and shame on the court system for letting her off so easily.

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

You know what's even more baffling is that in the U.S. this woman is completely allowed to procreate, however, she has shown that she is nowhere near responsible enough to raise an animal, let alone another human being. All she received was unsupervised probation? What a slap in the face. This animal did nothing wrong and this woman did everything wrong and gets away with cruelty to an animal. Things like this just show how backwards our government is in so many ways

Sarah Weible
Sarah Weible

This is so sad :'( not only for this poor puppy dog but for other countless numbers of other animals and humans too. I wish the humane part of human would come back into humanity. I just don't understand the needless hurt inflicted upon anything. It just shouldn't be.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Our justice system has no teeth. Crime is rampant because criminals don't fear a justice system that defends the criminal more than it does the victim.

Kim Berly
Kim Berly

Equal punishment for the crime...toss her in the trash.

Angi-la Red Cloud
Angi-la Red Cloud

"our little boy" this was such a sad story..at least one survived. this woman needs a real punishment

Sylvio Roberts
Sylvio Roberts

please do, starvation is one of the worst slow ways to die

Julia Kathryn Gisch
Julia Kathryn Gisch

YES, although I can't discuss the issue rationally - it makes me too angry.

Gordon Gengler
Gordon Gengler

If you do harm to any animal on purpose the same thing should happen to you.

Valerie Perrotta Klipfel
Valerie Perrotta Klipfel

Who was the judge for this? He needs to be voted out and it needs to be published how and why he ruled as he did. They need to also contact their representatives and it be known changes in the law are needed.

Teresa Dennison
Teresa Dennison

yes they should make the laws for animal abuse so much stricter. This lady who starved these dogs did not look like she missed a meal. I agree pay for the recovery plus give them a very long sentence. I would eliminate them as they did the animal. Just not right.

Tamila Logan
Tamila Logan

75 dollars????? one year UNSUPERVISED probation???? what is wrong with our system? for touture? I don't get it. I have to agree with the other post, let's throw her in the trash!

Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson

If she would do that to her dogs, wonder what she would do to her children?

Joshua Lewis
Joshua Lewis

This is a steeper penalty then most states unfortunately. Could be better though.

Mary Novack
Mary Novack

U bet we do!!! Lock the bitch up for a week without food & water!

Renee Vega
Renee Vega

she can work her debt off...cleaning kennels under supervision is a start.

Renee Vega
Renee Vega

This is really an outrage!! Read the article, and like Randy said...we all need to band together to get the laws changed....thing is, I don't know how to go about it.

Vince Martin
Vince Martin

We've become a 'disposable' society and people have been allowed to just 'trash' people, animals... anything they feel like discarding because it might take some effort or they are inconvenienced. Completely desensitize people.... Video games don't help either!

Debby Asberry-Chua
Debby Asberry-Chua

Eye for an eye. What kind of society are we if we do not take care of our weakest: children, elderly and animals?

Christina Ann Tenti
Christina Ann Tenti

Can anyone think of a way to change that law or draw attention to it?

Christine Cook Carlson
Christine Cook Carlson

Isn't the way someone treats animals a direct reflection of the way they treat humans? Disgusts me.

Misty Ziegler
Misty Ziegler

I know of a case where 1 dog was poisoned/killed in Missouri and the person got some jail time in addition to counseling and community service and fees. It must depend on the judge!

Deanna Marie
Deanna Marie

that woman needs to get a SEVERE punishment for that. I'd say Missouri is TOO laxed on animal cruelty laws! She should serve jail time and at least a $750 fine to the humane society!

Bonnie G Lewis
Bonnie G Lewis

I agree with Travis..... "Stave her and throw her in the trash" best answer yet.

Christ Curt Hrastich
Christ Curt Hrastich

Ill take one year of unsupervised probation and a $75 fine to starve her and throw her in the trash to die.

Becky Homfeld
Becky Homfeld

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??? THAT'S ALL??? Someone needs to starve her disgusting ass and throw HER in the trash!!!

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