A SICK dog owner allegedly hung his pet from the fence and lit it on fire, leaving her with “severe burns all over her body”.
Brandon Jerold Smith, 24, was caught on CCTV walking down a sidewalk in Los Angeles with his corgi pooch Hennessy on August 22.
Prosecutors allege that Smith hung the dog on a fence and doused the seven-year-old in lighter fluid before setting her on fire, The LA Times reports.
They believe he used the fluid as a "deadly and dangerous weapon".
Hennessy was taken in by a south LA animal shelter and days later, staff reached out to the non-profit organization A Purposeful Rescue – which specializes in looking after extremely ill dogs.
Hillary Rosen, the shelter’s founder, posted on Facebook: “She has burns all over her body. Every single part.
“Inside her mouth, ears, paws stomach, back, neck, and nose.”
Vets were worried about Hennessy’s internal organs especially her kidneys.
Blood tests revealed that the dog's organs were failing because of her “severe burns”.
She was given dialysis treatment but died during a second-round – six days after the alleged incident.
Smith was arrested on Saturday and faces one count of animal cruelty and one of arson.
He is being held on a $100,000 bond and the motive behind the alleged attack remains unknown.
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