The infamous case of Brownie – the dog intentionally set on fire and killed –charges have been dropped for now.
St. Louis, Missouri (June 2, 2015) – Back Story:
St. Louis, Missouri (July 25, 2013) – St. Louis’ Mayor Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force has made a felony arrest in one of the most notorious animal cruelty cases in history. Task Force members were shocked to find the suspected abuser, Adrienne Martin, set fire to a defenseless dog of the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue and later posted on Facebook, bragging about her horrific crime. The dog, Brownie, was rescued on July 10, 2013 from a short chain and rushed to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for emergency medical treatment for severe burns after being lit on fire all over his face and body. Brownie was helpless in escaping his abuser because he was anchored by a chain. He later died.
Martin has been charged with felony animal abuse and knowingly burning. “I’m on killa mode… kill dogs… today,” Martin posted on her Facebook page. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean… all dogs don’t go to heaven.”
We were devastated to learn today that the eyewitness in this case backed out prior to the trial starting. “My heart is broken and I’m feeling numb that justice wasn’t served for Brownie, but I still hold out hope,” says Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue. The statute of limitations has not expired in the case, and Grim hopes the witness will have a change of heart. “There is still great evidence against Martin, but the witness testimony would have been key to help ensure a conviction. Our hopes are she will be recharged in this case.”
Brownie’s case is an example of why it’s so important to come forward and speak up when you witness abuse of an animal or any violent crime. Witness intimidation is usually the culprit for many criminal cases being stalled. Eyewitnesses are the heroes. They are the keys to justice and to creating a more compassionate and healthy society. We have to stand together as a community and make a statement that animal abuse is wrong. We’re not going to tolerate it anymore or be intimidated by people who try to discourage our outcry. We can end animal abuse and punish the abusers, but it will require the community as a whole to do it.
As with any worthwhile cause, it’s an uphill battle and can be daunting to be the voice for animals in an effort to end animal abuse and neglect. However, we won’t be discouraged in our pursuit of justice and the rights of defenseless animals. But, we can’t do it alone.
For more background on the Brownie case please visit-
Stray Rescue animal abuse hotline at 314.771.6121 ext: 255