ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A St. Louis man was arrested Monday in connection with an incident of animal cruelty.
Ron Jackson, of Arlington Avenue, is charged with felony animal abuse after a dog was shot 12 times, strangled with an electrical cord, thrown in a dumpster, and left for dead on September 21.
Stray Rescue of St. Louis responded to the call from an employee in the City’s Refuse Division at 6000 block of Emma Avenue. Despite the dog’s back legs being paralyzed because of a bullet lodged near his spine, the rescue and shelter group has been instrumental in his miraculous recovery.
The abused dog, now named OP (short for Optimus Prime), is aided by a donated, custom-built cart and is now living with Stray Rescue’s founder, Randy Grim.
“The fact that OP’s abuser could be brought to justice after his violent crime shows that the Mayor’s task force continues to make great strides in the fight against animal abuse and neglect in our neighborhoods,” said Grim. “The message that this criminal behavior will not be tolerated is getting louder.”
The Mayor Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force, announced in late September of this year, is averaging an arrest every week.
”This partnership is working on many levels,” said Mayor Slay. “First, our Refuse Division employee was attentive enough to find this animal and bring it to Stray Rescue’s attention. Stray Rescue was able to give the dog another chance for a good life. And now, thanks to the Animal Cruelty Task Force, the individual will be brought to justice.”
Those who would like to help Stray Rescue are encouraged to donate online at www.strayrescue.org or send donations to:
The Stracks Fund
2320 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63103.