St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The criminal case against a north St. Louis man charged with felony animal abuse has been dismissed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office.
29 year old Ron Jackson was arrested and charged last November for allegedly shooting a dog a dozen times, strangling the animal with an electric cord, and dumping it into a trash dumpster to die on September 21, 2012.
A city sanitation worker found the dog, still alive, and contacted authorities. Animal advocates with Stray Rescue of St. Louis took possession of the paralyzed animal, who has improved significantly under the rescue team, and founder Randy Grim's care.
Jackson was arrested in the case after investigators with the Animal Cruelty Task Force tracked down witnesses who told police they saw Jackson holding a handgun, standing alongside the dumpster in the 6000 block of Emma where the injured dog was found.
NewsChannel 5 has learned the case was dismissed after the witnesses became uncooperative with the prosecution of the defendant.