ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued a dog that had been stabbed 19 times from a church in north St. Louis County.
According to a news release, the Animal Cruelty Task Force received a call from a CIT-trained St. Louis police officer about an injured dog found while the team was responding to a mental illness call at a church.
Officers found the 10-year-old female poodle mix wounded, covered in blood but alive.
According to the news release, police requested the Humane Society take the dog into protective custody for treatment and shelter.
Veterinarians with the Humane Society found the dog, who the Humane Society named Frannie, sustained 19 stab wounds to her neck, back and chest.
Frannie suffered from blood loss, shock and trauma. After treatment, the dog is now in guarded condition at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters.
On Tuesday, the dog’s owner voluntarily surrendered custody of Frannie to the Humane Society of Missouri.
“This poor dog suffered unfathomable trauma,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri, in a news release. “Our first priority is for her to make a full recovery. Our expert staff will do everything we can to treat Frannie and give her the love and care she deserves. In addition, our Animal Cruelty Task Force will continue to investigate this case and deliver our report to the St. Louis County Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.”