On July 10, a particularly disturbing case of animal abuse was discovered when a dog, who came to be called Brownie, was found anchored to a chain with burns covering his eyes, nose, feet, ears, legs and body.
The St. Louis Animal Cruelty Task Force wasn’t having any luck figuring out who had committed the act but were able to crack the case thanks to posts that Adrienne Martin had made to Facebook, bragging of the atrocities.
The posts started July 9 and directly incriminated the 35-year-old for the crime. Here is a screen grab of her posts via RiverFrontTimes (please note that the RFT link includes graphic images of Brownie’s injuries and may be too upsetting for some):
* There are actually “likes” for these posts… 🙁
Stray Rescue of St. Louis was taking care of Brownie, doing everything they could to nurse him back to health but he died due to organ failure. Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim told local news affiliate Fox 2, “It is just so inhumane I can’t even see straight, ” adding, “That combination of arrogance and evilness is a volatile combination.”
Martin was arrested yesterday and charged with two felonies – animal cruelty and knowingly burning. She had initially denied burning Brownie but later confessed due in large part to her own self-incriminating Facebook ignorance.
She told investigators that the 3-year-old Shepherd-Terrier mix belonged to her sister-in-law and that he had bit her son the day before she burned it, resulting in a trip to the hospital.