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Man charged with torturing dog

Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch –

ST. LOUIS   •  Prosecutors have charged a St. Louis man with torturing a male pitbull mix by shooting him, choking him with an extension cord and tossing him in a trash bin.

Ron Jackson, 28, of the 4500 block of Adelaide Avenue, was charged Tuesday with one felony count of animal abuse.

The case was handled by the city’s animal cruelty task force that formed in September. St. Louis Patrolman Louis Naes, who is assigned to the task force, investigated the crime.

Court documents say animal control officers found a brown-and-white pitbull mix in a trash bin Sept. 21 in the 6000 block of Emma Avenue. The dog had been shot at least 10 ten times and choked by an extension cord. One of the bullets was lodged in the dog’s spine, paralyzing his back legs. His injuries left the dog unable to walk or urinate on his own.

The dog was known as “Murder” to those on Emma Avenue, court documents say. On Sept. 21, Jackson was overheard saying he “had a way to deal with Murder” and was seen walking toward an alley before several gunshots rang out.

A witness told police Jackson was seen in the alley holding a handgun and later saying, “I took care of the dog.”

The dog was treated by vets at Stray Rescue of Saint Louis and survived. Stray Rescue staff called him “Extension” before giving him a new name, “OP,” (short for “Optimus Prime,” a reference to a character in the Transformers franchise). Stray Rescue provided the dog a cart that allows OP to walk.

Jackson was jailed in St. Louis in lieu of a $25,000 cash bail.

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