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Another Dog Burned Dead in St. Louis, Humane Society Offers Reward; "Just Unfathomable"

Categories: Animals, Crime, News

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Humane Society of Missouri
Julie Brinker, shelter veterinarian, and Anne Vincent, animal cruelty investigator, with Zeus.
It may seem unimaginable, but another dog has been torched in north St. Louis and did not survive the horrific abuse.

"It is just unfathomable that someone would actually throw gasoline on a dog and set him on fire," Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, tells Daily RFT. "It was a travesty. Unfortunately, being in the position that I'm in, I see these things all too often. But to know that this dog wasn't hit by a car, this wasn't an injury he sustained running down the block. This is something that someone intentionally did -- it is just unforgivable."

See also: Woman Arrested for Torching Dog, Brags on Facebook: "I'm On Killa Mode"

The dog named Zeus, a male three-year-old pit bull, was suffering so terribly that recovery was not possible and he was, the group says, humanely euthanized.

News of this awful case comes the same week that we reported on the latest in the trial of Adrienne Martin, the St. Louis woman accused of lighting Brownie the dog on fire and bragging on Facebook about it.

In this case, the distraught owner of Zeus alerted authorities to the horrific act. The owner told police that the dog had gone missing this week and that a neighbor found him in a backyard -- suffering from the severe burns. Responders arrived to the intersection of Bircher Boulevard and Amelia Avenue in the Walnut Park East neighborhood of north St. Louis and found the dog suffering from severe burns.

The owner gave the dog over to the Humane Society, which determined that Zeus had suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his head, from his ears to his nose, with his eyes very badly injured. An additional 30 percent of his body suffered third-degree burns, including his front left paw, which had no pads due to the burns, the left side of his body, his left hip and left leg, and his scrotum.

All injuries clearly came from the torching, the group says.

"He was in great shape [prior]. He was a beautiful dog," says Perkins.

The Humane Society at this time does not believe the owner or the neighbor who located the dog are responsible for the act of cruelty.

But the organization is offering a a $2,500 reward for answers. The group explains in a release:

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) notified the St. Louis City Police Department and is now working with them to investigate the incident. HSMO is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the severe cruelty inflicted on the dog.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline 314-647-4400.

"After a thorough examination by HSMO veterinarians, and because of the massive extent of the dog's injuries and the agonizing suffering Zeus experienced, it was determined the dog was beyond recovery and he has been humanely euthanized," Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri, says in a statement. "Our Animal Cruelty Task Force will now work diligently to help find the person responsible for this heinous crime."

Perkins adds, "Studies have shown that people who do this to animals will have no problem doing it to people. There's a direct correlation."

He says that while he has seen some similar instances of abuse, "This is a unique and particularly disturbing case."

We have two more photos of Zeus, which we've put on the next page, because they are very graphic and may be upsetting to some readers.

Continue for the additional (WARNING: GRAPHIC) photos of Zeus in his final hours.

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56 comments
ponygirl
ponygirl

The culture of this St Louis area is the same culture found on the southside of Chicago. Those that are a part of these communities aren't fit to be called "animals". Police don't want to venture into these areas. This cultures breeds and perpetuates ignorance. Domestic animals fall victim to this human trash, and the judicial system will protect the perps because of their "bad childhoods". What a sad situation. Time for eye, for an eye.

FF52
FF52

I'd love 5 minutes with this sick coward...

Tony Burich
Tony Burich

Riverfront Times should keep posting these as they should be made more of a major news story

Jeff Tiberend
Jeff Tiberend

How sad. No dog should have to suffer like that. Even pits!

Angi-la Newsham
Angi-la Newsham

is it wrong of me to feel like north city stl should just be torched and burned to the ground? lighting dog after dog on fire, shooting them and leaving them half dead in dumpsters and executing them in a window and leaving the poor creature's body hanging from the window.. severe and disgusting animal cruelty used to be north city's dirty little secret.. well guess what, the public is being made more and more aware and we're absolutely FED UP with these nonhuman acts of insanity. something has to be done.

Christopher Slater
Christopher Slater

Zeus just wanted to provide love and care and be loved and cared for in return. I don't know what kind of violent, sociopath did this, but karma is coming your way. What you did to Zeus is unforgiveable. If I find you, you'd better have your affairs in order. There will be no turning back from this act.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Pretty sure it's a copycat because of the relentless coverage you've given the other bitch, thanks RFT..

Jeff McKay
Jeff McKay

How nice that St. Louis is already known as a dangerous city to live in and visit due to all the murders, robberies, car break-ins, and other crimes. Now we can add "animal torture" to the resume! Way to go!

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

Seriously sick non-human pos! We can only hope for karma to get them good...

Jim Descher
Jim Descher

If you tell me a dog was tortured with fire...I get it. You posting this picture is just a sick way to get readers frankly. I hope they get this nutcase...

Donna Carpenter
Donna Carpenter

WTF is wrong with the less than human responsible for this atrocity. They should be torched.

Stacia Hand
Stacia Hand

Yeah, there should be much harsher penalties for such animal abuse. Anybody who could do something horrible to another creature is seriously disturbed.

Bambi Zj Baker
Bambi Zj Baker

Human garbage and judges don't think if they would do this to an animal they won't do it to a human being. The number one sign of a serial killer is someone who would harm an animal

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

More members of the thug culture thugging out, dawg

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

An animal kills an animal. You have to wonder what raised the monster that did this.

Brian Seim
Brian Seim

Hey, I know. Slap them with a $250 fine and a years probation. That will show em. This world is so lost. I am not shocked.

Sharon Parker
Sharon Parker

Law enforcement better be after the person(s) responsible. Often, animal torture and murder is a prelude to torturing/murdering humans.

sommergrrrl
sommergrrrl

I hope they find the monster that did this.  Now I want to go home and hug my puppy tight.

Lauri Judson
Lauri Judson

What POS did this to poor Zeus!!!! I'd love to get ahold of them and hang them from the highest tree!!!!!

Cody Kreitner
Cody Kreitner

That is so sad :( come on people. have a heart!

Sue DeVries
Sue DeVries

I think we are all in agreement about what we should do to this person once they are caught, right?

Tori Schubert
Tori Schubert

This story brought tears to my eyes, I don't understand how someone can do such a cruel thing

Katie Costello Reilly
Katie Costello Reilly

Rest in peace Zeus. The people who did this to you must be pathetic and miserable, I pray that justice is done And thier lives become even more pathetic and miserable behind bars. Go get them Karma!!

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Whoever did this let me have them for less than a minute! Simple solution

Lauren Sheary
Lauren Sheary

"The more I learn about people the more I like my dog". Mark Twain

Cassie Bart
Cassie Bart

There is just too much sadness in this world....RIP Brownie and Zeus. Why so many indecent human beings?

Candi Branum
Candi Branum

Omg, wth is going on with some people? :(

Amber Haugland
Amber Haugland

Maybe we should start setting these asswipes on fire to see how they like it

Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson

Everytime I see this shit it angers me to the highest degree. As a dog lover I can't imagine someone being capable of doing this to any animal. What the hell is wrong with people?

msme.tami
msme.tami

These sick azz nut jobs need to be put out of their misery to save the rest of the world from it.  Completely disgusting on so many levels.  Azz hats.......

FF52
FF52

@Jeff Tiberend "Even pits ?" What a stupid comment. You've obviously never been around them.

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