Dog Severely Burned - Justice for Zeus!
 

 

 

 

www.hsmo.org > News

Printer Friendly

August 29, 2013


Dog Severely Burned - Justice for Zeus!


April 17, 2014

Today, the person who had pled guilty to one count of felony animal abuse and one count of felony knowingly burning in the case of Zeus, a male pit bull who suffered severe burns, has been sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. During the proceeding, the judge stated these crimes were compassionless acts. The Humane Society of Missouri was given the opportunity to address the court on behalf of Zeus and an HSMO representative cited studies associating animal abuse with violence toward people.

"Today serves as a victory for all animals suffering from abuse and neglect," said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. "The Humane Society of Missouri applauds the court’s decision to sentence the perpetrator in this heinous case."

Help the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force be there for other victims of animal abuse. 


October 2, 2013

Today, an arrest was made in the case of Zeus
, a severely burned male Pit Bull found in August and surrendered to the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. The suspect has been charged with one count of felony animal abuse. A grand jury hearing is scheduled for November 19. The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force worked with the St. Louis City Police Department in developing and tracking the leads and information leading to the arrest.

“This case is heart-wrenching and gruesome, as Zeus suffered tremendously from this horrible act of violence and animal abuse,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “The Humane Society of Missouri applauds the St. Louis City Police Department and the St. Louis City Circuit Attorney for actively pursuing the perpetrator of this unspeakable crime.”

September 12, 2013

The Humane Society of Missouri has increased the reward to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruelty inflicted on Zeus, a severely burned male Pit Bull found last month in North St. Louis City.

“We believe there are people who know what happened to Zeus,” said Mike Perkins, director, Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. “We encourage them to come forward now with whatever information they have. People who abuse animals are likely to harm animals in the future and are more likely to be violent toward other people, so it’s important to bring the perpetrator to justice as soon as possible.”

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

 

Original story:

Responding to a call from a dog owner near the intersection of Amelia and Bircher in North St. Louis City, the Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force dispatched an investigator to the scene of a severely burned adult male Pit Bull dog. The distraught owner stated that the dog had gone missing and a neighbor later contacted the owner to say the dog had been found and was in poor condition. The owner surrendered the dog the Humane Society of Missouri.

Examination by a Humane Society veterinarian determined that the dog had third degree burns on 75% of his head, from his ears to his nose, with his eyes severely injured. An additional 30% of the dog's body suffered third degree burns including his left front paw which had no pads to to the burns, the left side of his body, his left hip and left leg and his scrotum.  Humane Society of Missouri veterinarian Dr. Julie Brinker stated that, prior to this incident, the dog appeared to have been in excellent health with good dental and body condition.

The Humane Society of Missouri 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 at 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 experienced, it was determined the dog was beyond recovery and he has been humanely euthanized,” said Kathy Warnick, president, Humane Society of Missouri. “Our Animal Cruelty Task Force will now work diligently to help find the person responsible for this heinous crime.