Tragic update for ‘Freedom’ – dog found in bushes on 4th of July

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On the 4th of July, a kind woman was shocked when she found a severely injured dog lying in the bushes near her home. She comforted him with water and immediately sought out help. When Stray Rescue of St. Louis was called, they rushed to the dog’s rescue.

“We are sorry this is graphic but this is our current reality. Our 4th of July begins with a true freedom ride. We don’t know what happened to him – whether he was burned, dragged under a car, or maybe had something poured on him… we aren’t sure. But he is heading to our trauma center now. He is free from pain and suffering, free from the horror he has faced, free from the heat, free from being terrified and lost, free from misery. We named him FREEDOM,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.


Freedom was rushed to the veterinary hospital for life-saving treatment, however no amount of medical intervention or love could save him. He was so badly burned he was even unable to blink. The medical staff were able to lubricate his eyes, keep him on pain medication and allow him to rest comfortably.


Early Sunday morning, the organization posted the tragic news;

“We are unbelievably heartbroken to have to tell you Freedom passed away. We hope he left knowing we cared deeply for him and he was loved, not only by us but by all of you. He was able to rest comfortably throughout the evening and into the night, and was feeling so much better than when he first came in.”

And as Randy Grim, the founder of the rescue continued, he encourages everyone to fight for the animals; to save them, to teach them confidence and even how to play. He encourages everyone to come together to create safe havens for the mistreated, the tortured and the neglected dogs throughout our country and abroad.

A large reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Freedom’s condition. Anyone with information is asked to contact 314.771.6121 ext. 261.

Rest in peace Freedom. You will be missed.

Previous coverage of Freedom can be read here.

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3 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Whilst I am VERY sad Freedom didn’t survive, I am VERY grateful for those who saved him and tried their best to help him. In his last hours of life, Freedom was loved……. He didn’t die on the streets alone, in pain, afraid, & (worst of all) unloved……

    Freedom, I absolutely know that you are in Heaven. Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends.

    Whoever burnt Freedom has earned a reserved space in Hell where they will burn forever for their cruelty. They can’t get to Hell fast enough………


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