A 10-year-old female poodle mix was rescued Monday after the dog  was found to have sustained 19 stab wounds to her neck, back and chest.

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT) rescued the canine from a church in north St. Louis County after a report was taken by a St. Louis County Police Officer received a call in regards to an injured dog. 

After examination of the dog named "Frannie" by Humane Society of Missouri veterinarians, she was suffering from blood loss, shock and trauma.

She is at the Humane Society of Missouri Headquarters in guarded condition after receiving  IV fluids, antibiotics and pain medication. 

The dog was put into protective custody for treatment and sheltering. After contact with the dog's owner, custody of Frannie was released to the Humane Society of Missouri.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force will continue to investigate this and report any findings to the St. Louis County Police Department and the prosecutor’s office.

Charles Mann