ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have arrested 31-year-old man who allegedly tortured and killed five dogs inside a vacant building in north St. Louis.
Darick Stallworth was charged with three counts of felony animal abuse and two counts of animal neglect or abandonment.
Police called Stray Rescue after seeing a dead dog hanging out of the second story window of a home in the 5000 block of Wells Avenue.
When Stray Rescue staff arrived, they found five dogs, including the one in the window, had been brutally tortured and killed. Staff members described it as "they had truly been through hell."
According to Stray Rescue, the house was covered in gang graffiti. They found chains and electrical cords that were used to chain up and strangle the dogs.
Members also found skeletal remains of a dog that had been choked to death. Later, they came upon a trail of blood that took them to an area where a dog was burned. One dog that had been choked to death by a cable cord was found with furniture stacked on top of it.
Police said an investigation led them to Stallworth, who admitted to police that he had broken his dog’s neck. Stallworth told officers he’d then thrown the dog in the basement of the vacant house.
Authorities said no other person was known to be in the house during the time the animals were killed. Police said they had not seen anyone living in the place for over a year.
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The house has been boarded up since the discovery.
To honor the dogs that were tortured and killed, Stray Rescue named them. Their names are Brandy, Schnapps, Frangelico, Grand Marnier and B&B.
Stray Rescue took photos from the scene in Hamilton Heights. You can see them here at their website. We have to warn you, the pictures are extremely graphic.