A young dog, just a year of age, suffered a horrific death when she was doused with accelerant and lit on fire by her owner on Tuesday night. According to Fox 2 Detroit News, the cruel incident took place in the backyard of a residence in River Rouge, Michigan.
Horrified neighbors reached out to report the crime to the authorities, who arrived to the home on East James Street and arrested a 27-year-old man. The man, whose name has not been released, was said to be upset at the young Shih-Tzu, named “Brandy,” because she bit a child.
The man’s fiancée told reporters that her boyfriend suffered from mental issues and that he was off his medication. The woman stated that the man is an animal lover, but noted that he “snapped” for a split second when he tortured and killed the dog. The woman told WXYZ News, “He’s been dealing with mental issues, illnesses for years now and he just recently had a recent death in his family. So he has been trying to cope with that also. And been trying to get his medication at the same time.”
The man was arrested and taken to jail – charges are pending as the Wayne County Prosecutor reviews the details of the incident.