In Sacramento, California, a judge sentenced to three years and eight months in jail for burning his Chihuahua puppy alive after getting angry the eight-week-old puppy defecated in his friend’s apartment, reported the Sacramento Bee.
On Friday, at the Sacramento County Court House, Judge Lawrence Brown sentenced Willie Bee Turner, 21,of Oakland to prison and called the crime “an unspeakable affront to societal norms.” Prosecutors described the despicable deed saying Turner, in January 2015, first drenched the tiny caramel puppy he named Star with bleach and tossed it off the balcony as a punishment for defecating in his friend’s apartment. The following day, witnesses saw Star limping, smelling of bleach and alcohol.
When defenseless little Star managed to survive that abuse, the next evening Turner’s cruelty became worse. On January 22, he locked the pup in a small kennel, carried her across the street and set Star on fire on the sidewalk in front of the Masonic Lodge while she was alive. A passing motorist saw the blaze and called authorities. Firemen were shocked after putting out the fire and discovering the charred body of a small dog.
Through investigation and witnesses coming forward Turner was found and arrested. He is banned from owning a pet for ten years, will be registered as a lifetime arson offender and no longer be allowed to own or possess a firearm.
Animal advocates were disappointed and outraged calling Turner’s punishment, “a piddly sentence for such a heinous crime.” “The results of this grotesque case of cruelty – the outcome of three years, eight months for the tossing off a balcony, dousing with bleach and the setting of this monster’s puppy on fire hardly does justice to this little life,” stated Placerville-area animal advocate Jennifer Canady, who followed Turner’s trial. Animal cruelty crimes need more stringent consequences. Read the previous story here.
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