A North St. Louis woman has been charged with animal cruelty and knowingly burning after a disturbing case of animal abuse, which led to the death of a dog after it had been set on fire.
Adrienne Martin reportedly became a suspect following some posts on her Facebook page, including “I`m on killa mode. #killdogsdotcom… today,” which was posted on July 9, one day before the dog was found burned.
“I mean what I say and I say what I mean. #alldogsdon`tgotoheaven.com,” was posted on Martin’s Facebook page on the day the dog was burned.
The dog, which rescuers named Brownie, was found in the backyard of a home on July 10, tethered to a heavy chain. Brownie had been doused with something flammable and set on fire, and his face and body were severely burned.
Brownie was rushed to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for emergency medical care, but died two days later.
“It is just so inhumane I can`t even see straight,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
“Today some justice has been served,” Grim said after Martin’s arrest. “It`s not going to bring him back and I wish that he got to experience the love here at Stray Rescue, but at least finally someone was arrested.”
Much of the credit for this arrest is being given to the St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force, created in October 2012 by Mayor Francis Slay.
“When people start seeing that we are getting serious about this, that if you do this we will track you down and you will be punished,” Slay said. “We hopefully will see a reduction in this.”
Martin told investigators the dog belonged to her sister-in-law, and that he had recently bit her son, sending him to the hospital.
She initially denied setting him on fire, but later confessed to the crime, according to a probable cause statement.
A $5,000 reward had been offered in the case by PETA. It was unknown as recently as Thursday who, if anyone would be eligible to collect the money.
Martin is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.