Juveniles in Clairborne Parish expected to be arrested for setting fire to dog

In Clairborne Parish, located near Springhill, Louisiana, a small dog suspected to have been intentionally set on fire by juveniles on Saturday died on Monday after succumbing to her injuries. According to Lumberjack Rescue and the organization’s Facebook page, the dog’s tragic story unfolded with a post titled, “From bad to worse”:

“Intentional Animal Cruelty in Claiborne parish. This poor girl was doused with gasoline Saturday night by 5 individuals. Arrests are pending. Lumberjack Rescue has taken possession of her. 70% of her body is burned. She will lose her ear. Thank you Claiborne Sheriff Office for handling this matter promptly and to the fullest extent of the law. Your department gives me hope in the justice system. We have named her Sophie and need donations for her vet care. She has a long road ahead of her…”

The details of Sophie’s cruelty have not been posted, but according to the rescue organization’s description, Sophie had been doused with gasoline and set on fire.  The owner refused to press charges and made no attempt to get her dog help before Sophie was seized by Claiborne Sheriffs Department on Monday.The dog  suffered with these serious burns for days. Who can even imagine the pain Sophie must have endured?

Claiborne Parish Sheriff Ken Bailey told NBC 6/FOX 33 News that his plans to arrest between two and five juveniles real soon and charge them with aggravated animal cruelty.

“With great sadness and pain in my heart, I have to share that this sweet baby has crossed the rainbow bridge. Her injuries were greater than anticipated. She is now pain free leaving our hearts pained for the pain she endured. Fly high sweet angel Sophie. We will continue to fight for justice in your name. Thank you to all that donated to her care. We raised more than this sweet innocent soul needed so it would be greatly appreciated if we can use your generous donations to help other dogs in need.”

Rest in peace Sophie. We are sorry you were let down by humans. This should never have happened.

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