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A St. Louis woman is behind bars and facing felony charges of Animal Cruelty and Knowingly Burning after bragging about the incident on Facebook.
Earlier this month, a dog owner found her 3-year old Shepherd/Terrier mix dying behind her home and called police. The dog was tethered to a dog house behind her home in St. Louis and had been doused with an accelerant, like gasoline or lighter fluid, and set on fire. The poor dog’s face and buddy suffered severe burns too devastating for us to show in pictures.
Rescuers from Stray Rescue of St. Louis, who nicknamed the dog “Brownie,” did everything they could to save him, but he died of organ failure just two days after being found.
The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force began investigating the abuse, but were unsure of who was responsible for the heinous acts of cruelty. They posted flyers and called residents to step forward with information, even offering a $5000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
However, when Adrienne Martin, 35, was found bragging about the incident on Facebook, her involvement became quite clear.
On July 9th, one day before the dog was found, Martin posted this incriminating status to her Facebook wall:
The following day, while Brownie was being rushed to emergency care, Martin posted another shocking status update:
And, 4 days later, while rescuers were desperately searching for the monster that ultimately murdered an innocent dog, Martin posted again to her Facebook wall:
Martin was arrested, thanks in large part to her Facebook confessions. St. Louis Metro Police discovered that the dog belonged to her sister-in-law, and that he had recently bitten her son, resulting in a trip to the hospital.
Martin initially denied any involvement. The dog owner, her sister-in-law, even provided an alibi. Martin later confessed.
“Today some justice has been served,” Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim told Fox 2 News. “It`s not going to bring him back and I wish that he got to experience the love here at Stray Rescue, but at least finally someone was arrested.”