The man accused of setting a young puppy on fire at a church parking lot in Columbia, South Carolina, allegedly committed the cruel deed out of vengeance. According to WYFF 4 News, prosecutors allege that the accused puppy-killer, 21-year-old Hykeem Dontavious Jabar Golson, set the pit bull puppy on fire as a “vengeful act” against his girlfriend.
Golson has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2012 – among Golson’s list of misdeeds are convictions for grand larceny and financial transaction card theft. He has also been arrested for drug charges, reckless driving and shoplifting – if convicted for the killing of the puppy, he can add felony ill treatment of animals to the list.
A witness called the authorities on Saturday night after seeing a screaming puppy on fire at the Grace United Methodist Church – investigators were able to locate Golson after questioning friends and witnesses to the crime.
Prior article about this disturbing animal cruelty case here.