ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is creating a task force aimed at reducing animal cruelty in the city.
Slay on Tuesday announced creation of the Mayor's Animal Cruelty Task Force. Plans call for reducing cruelty to animals through education and rigorous prosecution.
Among other things, the city police department will dedicate one full-time officer to animal abuse cases. A special docket for those cases will be created in the municipal court system.
In a recent high-profile case, a St. Louis man pleaded guilty to killing five dogs inside a vacant building. Members of Stray Rescue of St. Louis found the decomposing bodies of five adult pit bulls in May..
Darick Dashon Stallworth pleaded guilty in August and faces sentencing Oct. 4.