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Adrienne Martin charged in dog abuse case

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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office charged a 35-year-old woman in connection with an animal abuse case after a dog was found outside a north city home with severe burns and eventually died.

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The dog was found July 10 anchored to a chain in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue with burns covering his eyes, nose, feet, ears, legs and body. The animal, which rescues called "Brownie," had been recovering at the Veterinary Specialty Services prior to his death.

Adrienne Martin, 35, faces two felony charges after investigators say she admitting to setting a dog on fire in North St. Louis.

With signs and flyers, St. Louis' animal cruelty task force took this case seriously. It's an arrest members hope will get attention.

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Near the empty dog house, to the left of the dog sign, the singed leaves, animal cruelty investigators say, show the site of the fire that took the life of the dog named Brownie.

"Gasoline was poured on him and then he was lit on fire with a lighter," said Randy Grim with the organization Stray Rescue. Grim is also a member of St. Louis' new animal cruelty task force.

"His eyes and face were burned completely, so even if he would have recovered he would never have been able to see again," said Grim.

Brownie died a few days later. Martin is now charged with two felony counts, animal abuse and knowingly burning.

Investigators say she admitted torching the dog as he was chained to a fence because he had previously bitten her son.

"I don't think she did it," said Trena Block, Martin's sister and the owner of Brownie.

Even though her sister confessed and witnesses picked her out of a line-up, Block believes her sister is innocent.

But more evidence pointing to Martin are posts authorities say she wrote on her Facebook page stating, "I'm on killa mode and the hastag killdogs.com." and "I mean what I say and I say what I mean, hastag alldogsdon'tgoto heaven.com".

Trena claims Martin was referring to her husband.

"All dogs don't go to heaven meaning you being so bad to me, I'm your wife and you ain't going to go to heaven just off of this," she said.

The felony charges are the first for St. Louis' animal task force formed last October and Grim says they speak loudly.

"People are watching St. Louis to see how we handle this and I want to set a good example for other cities and maybe they'll have a task force of their own," said Grim.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis says since October 1, 2012 over 100 cases of animal abuse have been investigated, 24 arrests have been made, and more than 200 animal control citations have been issued.

KSDK

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