Police Search For Leads In North City Dog Torture Case

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NORTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis Police and Stray Rescue of St. Louis are determined to find the person or persons who tortured to death five dogs in a home on Wells Avenue in North St. Louis. They were back in the neighborhood Friday to hand out fliers publicizing a reward.

Police were talking to residents, hoping to get information leading to the arrest of suspects.  A vacant home, now boarded up by the city, is where the dead dogs were found Tuesday.

"I have witnessed dogs living in the house. I'm not really aware of the activities that take place inside, but I have seen dogs in the house.  They look stranded and abandoned," said resident Calvin Allen.

Pictures taken by Stray Rescue of St. Louis showed the gruesome scene.  Adult pit bulls strangled, mutilated, burned. Gang signs on the walls.

Getting residents to talk about the crime isn't easy.  One man who did not want to be identified says several vacant homes in the area are places of crime, "They are crack houses. I mean they sleep in them. They take the boards down. They go in.  What can you say, you know, if you ain't got nowhere to live at?  Ain't nobody doing nothing about it.  You know you get them off the street today and they're back on there tomorrow."

Randy Grim of Stray Rescue St. Louis hopes for a break in the case soon, "I feel real confident we're going to catch the people that did this. The police have been awesome."

The reward is more than $10,000 now. Stray Rescue says it received a donation of $500 Euros from an animal foundation in the United Kingdom.  Anyone with information about the killing of the dogs is asked to call Stray Rescue at 314-771-6121, ext 232.

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Website: Stray Rescue