Authorities in Foley, Alabama have arrested the teen who allegedly doused a dog with an accelerant and set him on fire, reports WtvmNews.
Jabari Maliek Stots, 19, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and has been charged with a Class C felony, first-degree Criminal Trespass and Aggravated Cruelty to an animal. Stots has been accused of pouring camping fuel on the dog in a closet and then set the animal on fire after entering an abandoned mobile home.
Questions have been asked to the Foley Police if the mixed breed dog’s life could have been saved. In a statement the following was posted by Lieutenant David White:
“We’re not veterinarians here okay, we don’t know how severe….we can tell you that the dog was okay but his health did decline, and we chose to take it back to the vet clinic, and again from there the vet chose to euthanize the dog. I would imagine that a dog was completely torched and put on fire would have some pretty obvious burns and charring and blistering, and this dog did not have any of that…We’re dealing with animals, we’re dealing with situations that can change, and the way something looks one day, may not look the same the next day.”
The veterinarian, Dr. Chris Shreiber, who treated the dog, doesn’t think the dog had been set on fire even though he smelled like smoke and his coat had been singed. When the dog didn’t need anymore treatments, the dog was returned to the police, but a few days later, he developed serious infections; when returned to the vet hospital, the decision was made to euthanize him.
Two other teens have also been arrested. Read the original story here.
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