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Mayor Slay's Animal Cruelty Task Force

Since its inception last September, the Mayor's Animal Cruelty Task Force has worked to bring legal consequences for animal-abuse and neglect cases. Aligning closely with Stray Rescue of St. Louis, the task force has investigated more than 100 cases, made 25 arrests and given more than 300 animal-control citations. Perhaps most famously, the task force in July brought justice to Brownie, a dog who died of injuries sustained after being doused in gasoline and set ablaze in the streets of north St. Louis. The woman allegedly responsible, who later bragged about the crime on her Facebook page, was charged with two felonies.

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