A Los Angeles man was arrested after he allegedly set his family dog on fire, according to authorities who reported that the Welsh Corgi dog was hung on a fence and set on fire during the heinous act.
A Los Angeles man was arrested after he allegedly set his dog on fire
Surveillance footage from Aug. 22 shows the suspect, identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as Brandon Jerold Smith, 24, according to ABC7. The suspect briefly leaves the camera frame, only to reappear moments later without the animal as flames erupt nearby.
The Log Angeles Times identified the puppy as a Welsh Corgi mix named Hennessy, reporting that the dog was hung on a fence and set on fire during the heinous act.
Hillary Rosen, founder of the animal rescue group A Purposeful Rescue, said Hennessy was at her shelter for two days before being transported to a local animal hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries several days later.
“She had burns all over her body,” Rosen told ABC7. “She had swelling all over her body, from her paws to her ears, her neck, her stomach, her whole back had welts.”
Smith was arrested Saturday on an animal cruelty charge, according to Los Angeles police. Serena Prentice, Smith’s ex-girlfriend, called the act “honestly disgusting.”
“I was super upset with him, I was angry,” said Prentice, who shared images of the 7-year-old dog playing with her son.
Prentice said that in August, her ex posted himself “setting things on fire” during live streams on Instagram, claiming her ex uses drugs and copes with mental illness.
His sister Stephanie Prentice described the act of animal cruelty as “heartbreaking” and “unbelievable to watch.”
“You ended up killing a very innocent dog that really loved you,” Serena added.