Man who killed girlfriend’s dog by setting it on fire given probation

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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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Tammy Green


27 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Sickening. There is no excuse for pleading monstrous scum like this down. Instead of probation, that filthy piece of crap should be spending every moment of those 2 years in prison, and then some.

  2. Kathleen Drude says:

    This is what is wrong with the laws protecting animals! Once again let’s make a deal and this thing gets probation! This poor little dog died in the most horrific fashion! This thing should be doing time! Well it’s one more thing who got away with grievous injury to an animal!

  3. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    La solution, Il faut absolument éliminer tout ces parasites de la surface de la terre, ils ne changeront jamais. Aucune pitié pour ces sans âme.

  4. Carole says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?????
    Probation for killing a dog by setting it on fire????? The judges are crazier than the people!!!!! RIP little puppy. You didn’t deserve to live or die like that. I would love to see your “owners”
    set on fire, but they will burn in hell soon.

  5. rieann says:

    1 out of 1,000 judges care enough to give these animal abusers a fitting sentance this isn’t one of them hope you die a painful death judge and when he does this again or worse it is ALL ON YOU SLEEP WELL

  6. Debbie hawley says:

    Let’s set the guy in fire the prosectors just don’t care about the animals cause if they did they wouldn’t have dropped the charges

  7. Sherry says:

    Michigan judges are ass wipes apparently, like this Piece of shit monster left to walk the streets on probation and not even a fine!! OMG I can not stand the injustice! And this man was convicted less than 2 yrs ago for assault to commit great bodily harm less than murder. When are the courts going to wake up. This is laughable if it weren’t such a damn disgrace. A disgrace. I’m sickened and disgusted…yet, I have to keep reading this shit to be aware of what’s going on in an issue that concerns me so much. Rest in peace little fellow. I hope the GF is at least wise enough to steer clear of this ugly freak.

  8. Sheri says:

    What kind of justice is that??? None!!!!!!!!!!! Next time he’ll do even worse. That poor pup deserves justice. Set his hair on fire. Might improve his looks…..

  9. Barkley's Mom says:

    Charges of killing the dog, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer and a second-degree habitual offender.and he only gets two years probation after being convicted of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder and sentenced to two years in prison in 2015? He must have gotten out on good behavior if he was able to murder this dog in 2016! What is wrong with the judicial system. What do these monsters have to do to receive a punishment worthy of their offense? DISGUSTING! .

  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    What the hell is wrong with the judicial so called ‘system’ – this maggot deliberately murdered an innocent animal in the most horrific way and he gets probation?????? He SHOULD be nailed to a tree and used as target practice – another useless waste of flesh and blood who is allowed to go on, this judge has his/her head shoved right up their ass – I bet the ONLY thing they cared about was getting the money for the fine – what a piss poor excuse for a judge to allow this skankbag to walk away.

  11. Marchelle Marsh says:

    This Judge’s ruling is the problem for the rise in animal abuse!!!! If judges would punish according to justice meets the crime & make an example of these sick evil PERPITRATORS who abuse innocent defenseless animals we’d have less instead of more!!!!!! Anyone who could do this to an animal could do this to a human!!! Proven fact! Ignorant stupid judge!

  12. Diana Rowell says:

    Across the country, we ALL need to take a stand against these vile, spineless judges and VOTE THEM OUT during the next local election cycle. Yes, that’s right, these local judges are voted in or out. Take a stand people and take back YOUR power at the next election, sending these derelict judge packing. Period!


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