Suspect charged with burning pit bull to death in St. Louis


by Carlos Otero / Staff

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 2:31 PM

*Warning: The images contained in this story may be too graphic for some

(KMOV) – A suspect was charged Wednesday in the death of a severely burned pit bull found in north St. Louis, following an investigation launched by the Humane Society of Missouri.

Wesley Reid, 22, was charged with one count of felony animal abuse following an “At Large” warrant placed on Tuesday according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

In late August, a report filed by Zeus’ owner stated that the pit bull had gone missing near the intersection of Amelia Avenue and Bircher Boulevard.

According to authorities, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force dispatched an investigator the following morning to the scene of a severely burned male adult Pit Bull.  The dog was found in the backyard of a neighbor.

Following an examination by a Humane Society of Missouri veterinarian, it was determined that Zeus suffered third degree burns on 75% of his head, from his ears to his nose, with his eyes severely injured.

Furthermore, an additional 30% of Zeus’ body suffered third degree burns including his front left paw which had no pads due 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.

Zeus was given appropriate shelter, clean water and sufficient food and shelter by the HSMO investigator following his rescue.

However, due to the massive extent of the dog’s injuries and suffering, Zeus was humanely euthanized.

“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.”  

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.

The anti-cruelty organization raised their reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker to $5,000 during the investigation.

A grand jury has scheduled a hearing set for November 19.

Bond information was not immediately available.