UPDATE! Frannie: Rescued by the Animal Cruelty Task Force, Healed and Adopted!


April 10, 2017
The 10-year-old, female poodle-mix dog suffering from 19 stab wounds and rescued on March 13, 2017 by the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force has been adopted by the family of a member of the St. Louis County first-responder unit investigating the incident in which the dog was injured. The adopters, who have asked to remain anonymous, told Humane Society staff they knew from the first day that if she survived, they wanted to make a home for her. They also said they are honored to add the dog, named Frannie by HSMO staff, to their household that includes two other small dogs and two cats.

“Frannie has a legion of people who took an interest in her plight, donated toys and money to help us care for her and who wanted to adopt her,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “We feel adopting her to this first-responder family will ensure her the safe and loving future she deserves. We are very grateful for all of the expressions of support and love we have received for Frannie.”

The scrappy dog with an unflagging will to live received several days of intensive treatment, surgery to fully close her wounds and a thorough dental cleaning and recovered with the loving care of Humane Society adoption center employees.

“Although initially we were very concerned whether she could recover because of the number of her wounds, the amount of blood loss and the trauma she suffered, Frannie showed tremendous stamina and remarkable pluck,” said Dr. Mark Wright, director of Shelter Medicine at HSMO. “She’s recovered nicely and should do well in her new home.”

Original Story:
On Monday, March 13, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) rescued a severely injured, 10- year-old female poodle mix from a church in north St. Louis County. Upon examination by Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians, the dog HSMO staff named Frannie was found to have sustained 19 stab wounds to her neck, back and chest. Frannie was suffering from blood loss, shock and trauma when she arrived at the Humane Society. After receiving IV fluids, antibiotics and pain medication, she is now in guarded condition at HSMO Headquarters. Watch video of Frannie’s treatment »

The Humane Society of Missouri ACT received a call Monday from the St. Louis County Police Crisis Intervention Team concerning an injured dog found while the team was responding to a mental illness call at a church in north St. Louis County. Upon arrival at the church, the ACT investigator found the wounded dog, covered in blood but alive. St. Louis County Police requested HSMO take the dog into protective custody for treatment and sheltering. Late afternoon Tuesday, the dog’s owner voluntarily surrendered custody of Frannie to the Humane Society of Missouri.

“This poor dog suffered an unfathomable trauma,” said Kathy Warnick, president of the Humane Society of Missouri. “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 ACT will continue to investigate this case and deliver our report to the St. Louis County Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office.”

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