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(KMOV) – A dog police said was set on fire in the backyard of a north St. Louis home has died, according to officials.
The Shepherd-Terrier mix dubbed Brownie was found with severe burns all over his body after catching on fire at a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliant.
Authorities said they discovered the dog after the owner called police.
Stray Rescue was unable to give details regarding this case, but said they were compelled to share part of Brownie’s story due to the flood of responses from concerned people and support via the group’s social media page.
He was fighting for his life at Veterinary Specialty Services, but succumbed to his injuries Friday.
“When I got the call he passed away, all I could do was cry and then pray for the strength to make sure justice is served,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. “This is one of the saddest and worst cases I have ever dealt with.”
It was the second time in a week Mayor Francis Slay utilized his St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force to combat severe dog abuse. In the other case, two dogs were starved to death.
“We see a ton of abuse cases, far too many, but the way in which Brownie suffered really struck a nerve with everyone,” said Grim. “Our community is sick and tired of these horrific crimes, and they will not be tolerated. I won’t give up until we find who did this.”
Authorities said they were offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Brownie’s death.
Since October 1, there have been over 100 reported cases investigated, more than 22 arrests made and over 200 animal control citations have been issued.