St. Louis County Council mulling investigation of Animal Care and Control

This comes after the outcry over the death of Faust the dog.

Michael Calhoun
February 27, 2019 - 10:58 am
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — After hearing repeated claims of mismanagement at St. Louis County's animal shelter, County Council members are mulling an investigation.

"What concerns me about this is that we went through this months ago...about the animal shelter," noted Councilwoman Hazel Erby at last night's St. Louis County Council meeting.

Erby and others say it's time to hold some hearings, especially after the county put down the dog named Faust on suspicion of rabies, without checking to see if the dog had been vaccinated. 

Allison McCausland says it's the latest in a string of problems.

"The county has a beautiful facility, but until protocols and leadership reflect decency, mercy, kindness, and compassion for staff, volunteers, and pets...it will never be anything but pearls on swine."

She claims volunteers were pushed out after speaking up about the issues.

"You have punished those who have sought change for the betterment of the animals, like they were challenging you out of spite. I promise you that's not the case."

An aide to County Executive Steve Stenger says he doesn't have a comment on the animal shelter situation.

The outcry comes due to the euthanization of Faust, a stray dog who was found frozen to a sidewalk by Stray Rescue, but was put down days later after coming out of a coma, then biting a veterinary tech.

Related: Faust, the dog found frozen on sidewalk, is euthanized after biting vet