ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Last month, Stray Rescue of St. Louis responded to a call about a dog who had been tossed away in a dumpster and left to die after being shot at least 12 times and strangled by an electrical cord. Friday, that gentle dog who was paralyzed and lost the use of his back legs will walk out of the hospital following his miraculous recovery; with the help of a donated, custom-built cart.
The call came in from an employee in the City’s Refuse Division on September 21 at 6000 block of Emma Avenue. The rescued dog, formerly known as Extension but now named OP, short for Optimus Prime, is a striking reminder of both the resiliency of our four-legged friends, as well as the violence of which people are capable.
“This dog suffered unspeakable abuse and was knocking on death’s door,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. “Thanks to the dedication and compassion of Stray Rescue staff, Veterinary Specialty Services, the Refuse Department, and Animal Care and Control, OP is likely experiencing trust, safety, and comfort for the first time. It’s truly miraculous, and his story can motivate people to continue standing up to this unacceptable criminal behavior.”
OP, who has been receiving intensive medial attention at Veterinary Specialty Services, 1021 Howard George Drive in Manchester Missouri, will be released from that facility at 3p.m. Friday. The resilient dog will be handed over to Grim, his limp back legs aided by a cart that was custom built by Stay Rescue supporter and race-car driver Aaron Wood.
With the recent formation of the Mayor Francis Slay Animal Abuse Task Force and Stray Rescue of St. Louis dealing with a multitude of cruelty calls, animal abuse and neglect cases have been a widely discussed topic of concern in recent months. In an effort to catch the clearly dangerous individual who riddled OP’s body with bullets, Stray Rescue is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who comes forward with information leading to an arrest and conviction.
If people would like to make a direct impact on helping abused companion animals like OP, there is The Stracks Fund Matching Gift Campaign. In this campaign, the Mary Lou Shannahan Foundation will match up to $135,000 of funds donated to Stray Rescue’s emergency medical fund between now and March 31, 2013. People are encouraged to donate online at www.strayrescue.orgor send donations for The Stracks Fund to 2320 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.
“These cases are tough, but Stray Rescue does everything we can to save these deserving lives,” said Grim. “I’m overjoyed to take him home and close this painful chapter of his life.”
Grim has decided to foster OP.
To see the original rescue story on Stray Rescue’s website, go to www.strayrescue.org/node/4741