St. Louis woman suspected of torching dog

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI/CNN) - A 35-year-old St. Louis woman was arrested Thursday and charged with the brutal death of a dog.

The suspect, Adrienne Martin, may have assisted in her own arrest after posting a few cryptic messages on her Facebook page.

"It's just so inhumane I just can't even see straight," Randy Grim said.

It is a case so sickening, even stray rescuer Rim has a hard time talking about it.

The suspect is charged with felony animal cruelty and a felony called knowingly burning.

On July 10, a dog was found in the backyard of a home in the 4300 block of Cote Brilliante Avenue, tethered to a heavy chain, he had been doused with something flammable and set on fire, and his face and body were severely burned.

Rescuers named him Brownie, they rushed him to Stray Rescue of St. Louis for emergency medical care but brownie died two days later.

The city's new animal cruelty task force began investigating immediately leading to this morning's arrest.

"Today some justice has been served. It`s not going to bring him back and I wish that he had got to experience love, the love here at stray rescue but at least finally someone was arrested," Grim said.

Police are not offering many details, but Stray Rescue said part of what led to the arrest were messages posted on the suspect's Facebook page.

On July 9, the day before brownie was found, there is a post which reads, "I'm on killa mode #killdogs.com…today."

Then on the same day Brownie was burned, another posting that said, "I mean what I say and I say what I mean...#alldogsdontgotoheaven.com"

"It made me sick to my stomach, it made me angry it made me realize that we do walk amongst some very evil people," Grim said.

A woman identifying herself as Martin's sister claims Martin didn't burn the dog, but added the dog had badly bitten a nephew last year and Martin's son a few weeks ago.

Martin is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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