Ohio Man Hit With Five-Year Sentence for Setting Dog on Fire

October 2003

PETA contacted an Ohio judge to ensure that a man would be charged with felony cruelty to animals for attacking his neighbor’s terrier. The abuser attached the wandering dog to a leash, repeatedly beat and kicked her, doused her in gasoline and oil, and set her on fire. The dog made her way to a water hole to put out the flames and staggered home but died the next day. The judge called it “the worst form of this offense that I have ever seen” and sentenced the abuser to five years in prison.

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