Update: 1:50 p.m. Stray Rescue announced this afternoon that Brownie, the dog that was found badly torched in St. Louis, has died from his injuries. Our original coverage is below.
A dog now named Brownie is clinging to life after an unknown suspect burned the animal all over his body while he was chained up at a residence in north St. Louis, according to Stray Rescue officials.
He may not survive.
"It made me cry at first, then pissed off and now sad," Randy Grim, founder of the Stray Rescue of St. Louis, tells Daily RFT. "It's a roller coaster of emotions."
The group's (warning: incredibly graphic) photos of Brownie make it clear that the dog was the victim of some sort of horrific abuse.
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Grim and police officials tell Daily RFT that the investigation is ongoing.
Grim has been to the crime scene where the dog was found -- at the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue -- and says it's clear that someone purposefully abused Brownie.
"It definitely was very intentional," he says, explaining that Brownie had been chained up and that it appeared as if there was some sort of combination of lighter fluid and gasoline used all around the dog who was unable to escape the torture.
"He's burnt pretty much all over the body," Grim says. "The burns are so bad that he is losing skin...even on his lips and face."
He adds, "He was basically torched."
As of late yesterday, the dog was on heavy pain medications but was still conscious. If his kidney fails, the rescuers may have to put him to sleep, Grim adds.
"I want to be there and apologize to him for how cruel man can be," says Grim who has pushed for stricter punishments for this kind of abuse.
The official police report provided to Daily RFT yesterday says that officers responded to the location after a woman "reported her dog was a victim of animal abuse."
The owner apparently told police that the dog was tied to the rear gate of her property and that when she went to check on him, she observed "severe injuries covering the dog's body." The owner also apparently heard the dog crying the night before the incident.
Police officials say that officers attempted unsuccessfully to locate a witness and that the investigation is ongoing.
Officials also confirm to Daily RFT that no arrests have been made.
Grim says that the Mayor's Animal Cruelty Task Force has helped facilitate over 22 arrests since October of last year and that more than a hundred cases have been investigated.
He recalls a similar burning incident ten years ago. "It was a big story...but I didn't have any resources."
"Now," he continues, "I have resources to see that people are arrested and convicted and actually...go to prison."
Continue for the full police summary and for more photos, which, WARNING are super graphic and very upsetting.
Here's the police incident report:
Incident: Animal Abuse Location: 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Date/Time: 7/10/13 @ 17:00 Suspect(s): Unknown Officers responded to the above residence after a woman reported her dog was a victim of animal abuse. The owner stated that the dog was tied to the rear gate of her property and when she went to check on him, she observed severe injuries covering the dog's body and contacted officers. The owner also reported hearing the dog crying the night before the incident. Officers attempted to locate a witness to no avail. The investigation is ongoing.
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