There’s a maniac on the loose in Missouri. After police found a small dog that had been stabbed numerous times and abandoned at a church in north St. Louis County, the Humane Society of Missouri has stepped up to care for the abused animal and do what no one else offered to do – show it love and affection. The nonprofit organization’s Cruelty Task Force rescued the dog from the churchyard and brought it to their highly acclaimed veterinary hospital for treatment.
The HSMO staff has since named the pooch Frannie. She was found after a police officer responded to a mental illness call at the church and saw the stabbed dog abandoned there.
Frannie is a 10-year-old poodle. She is as sweet as can be, and on a Tuesday night in the middle of March 2017, Frannie’s owner voluntarily surrendered the abused dog to the custody of the Good Samaritans at the rescue organization.
Because there is a lunatic on the loose in Missouri, HSMO has stationed guards around the abused dog. Frannie suffered 19 stab wounds. She has been treated with antibiotics and pain medication and is getting around-the-clock treatment to ensure that she survives.
But her ability to pull through is not certain. Frannie’s attempted murderer stabbed her in the neck, back, and chest, with the probable intent of killing her.
“This poor dog suffered unfathomable trauma,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Our first priority is for her to make a full recovery. Our expert staff will do everything we can to treat Frannie and give her the love and care she deserves. In addition, our Animal Cruelty Task Force will continue to investigate this case and deliver our report to the St. Louis County Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.”
In response to the attempt on Frannie’s life, an 18-year-old woman was arrested. It is thought that she has some type of mental health disorder and will probably be tried in a case sent to mental health court, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.
When Frannie was rushed to the Humane Society headquarters, she was suffering from blood loss, shock, and trauma. She was scared and alone. She had just survived the most trying ordeal of her 10-years of life.
“This was a savage attack,” said a representative from the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. “Absolute savage attack. It ranks right up there as one of the worst cases of abuse I have ever seen.”
Not long after the attack, the Humane Society was forced to move the dog to a guarded station so the attempted killer could not reach her and finish the job they started.
Whether Frannie’s attacker receives justice has yet to be determined. But if they were in a state of mental instability, such that they would stab a cute poodle 19 times for no apparent reason, then the mental health court might be the best avenue for them.
What do you make of these images and this horrific story of animal cruelty?