In River Rouge, Michigan, a man who pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend’s dog after setting it on fire was sentenced to two years of probation on Friday. David Didlake set a white Shih Tzu on fire on October 29, 2016. After Wayne County police officers were called to the scene on East James Street, they found the dead dog’s body near a bottle of accelerant. Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office originally charged him with killing/torturing animals, resisting and obstructing police, and abandoning resulting in the death of an animal.
According to Click on Detroit, the charge of abandoning/cruelty to the dog resulting in the dog’s death was dismissed during the plea agreement. Didlake pleaded guilty on January 30, 2017 to charges of killing the dog, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer and a second-degree habitual offender. A previous news report from MLive states the Department of Corrections records, show Didlake sentenced to a maximum of two years in prison on February. 9, 2015 after being convicted of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. It wasn’t clear when he was released from prison for that conviction.
It is not known why Didlake set the dog on fire.
Rest in peace little dog. Photo of Didlake receiving probation courtesy of the Wayne County Police Department.
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