ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The new St. Louis Animal Abuse Task Force has made a big arrest in one of the most horrible cases of abuse of a dog in recent memory.
Charged with one felony count of Animal Abuse is Ron Jackson, 28, of Arlington Avenue in north St. Louis.
His home is near the 6600 block of Emma, where on September 21, city refuse workers found a dog in a dumpster left for dead, shot 12 times and strangled with an electric cord.
The dog has been adopted by Stray Rescue of St. Louis founder Randy Grim, who pushed the city to form the task force, which provides one full time officer to track down animal abuse cases, with the help of Stray Rescue.
“I think it’s a miracle. I don’t know of anybody or any animal being shot 12 times and surviving and I really think it’s because he has a strong will to live,” Grim said.
He named the white and brown pit bull “O.P” which stands for Optimus Prime, one of the characters in The Transformers.
Thanks to Stray Rescue, O.P. has been transformed.
O.P.’s back legs and tail are paralyzed, but Grim has outfitted him with a special cart for dogs with disabilities. The strangulation also left O.P. unable to bark. But he seems to be adjusting well to his new circumstances.
St. Louis police officer Lou Naes is the patrolman who gives the task force its muscle, and thanks to his outreach, witnesses came forward identifying the suspect.
But Naes says it is not always that easy, “I go out to the community. I knock on doors. Some people know what’s going on, they’ve heard what’s going on, but they don’t want to come forth because they are scared.”
Grim says the added value of the task force is that those who mistreat animals are often responsible for other crimes, “Anyone who keeps shooting, reload and shoot again, strangle and toss him in a dumpster is somebody that shouldn’t be on the streets period.”