ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In January 2013, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to a request from the St. Louis City Fire Department involving two adult pit bull dogs that were discovered near the scene of a house fire in north St. Louis City.

The male dog, named Champ, was found dead under a deck. Necropsy (animal autopsy) results showed he had died a slow, painful death from starvation, ulcers, ingestion of non-food materials, internal and external parasites.

The female, named Honey, was alive but extremely thin. Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians determined she was suffering from extreme malnutrition and untreated internal and external parasites all of which had ravaged her body. Despite the efforts of Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians and staff to treat and care for Honey for several weeks, she could not overcome the effects of severe heartworm and whipworm infestation and she was humanely euthanized.

St. Louis City Police arrested a suspect, Jerome Barringer, who later pleaded guilty to allowing the dogs to suffer from extreme neglect and starvation. Recommending sentencing to the fullest extent of the law, the Humane Society of Missouri provided detailed veterinary reports on the conditions of the animals and causes of death to the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office which provided that information to the court.

Yesterday, Judge Michael Noble sentenced Barringer to the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor on the first count of animal abuse: one year in jail. On the second count, Judge Noble sentenced Barringer to probation for two more years. He is prohibited from owning pets during that time, will have to pay $500 to the Humane Society of Missouri and complete 100 hours of community service.

“We are very pleased Judge Noble agrees that animal abusers should be punished for causing defenseless animals such pain and suffering,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “Hopefully, this sends a strong message that harming animals will not be tolerated in the St. Louis community.”



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