Six people arrested in Texas for setting three-month-old puppy on fire

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In Palestine, Texas, six people await a court date after having been charged with setting a three-month-old puppy on fire in June 2016. According to the Palestine Police Department, the suspects poured an accelerant on the puppy and threw a match; more than 50% of the pup’s body suffered burns.

Police arrested three men and three women; all residents of the surrounding area. The Palestine Herald reports the following people were arrested: Perla Fernandez, 21, Jasmine Warren, 19, and one 17-year-old juvenile – all from Athens. Also arrested were Romello Smith, 22, Ronnie Morrison, 22 and Andreas Hicks, 21 – from Palestine. 

On June 20, 2016, police found the sweet little dog burned, but alive and rushed her to a local veterinarian for emergency treatment. An eyewitness saw the suspects playing with the puppy near a car in front of her home. Just minutes later, the witness heard the puppy, named Remi cry out in pain and distress. She looked outside and saw the puppy had been set on fire; the female subjects were  scrambling around, looking for water to extinguish the fire. Shortly after that, the suspects drove away, however the witness was able to copy down the license plate of their vehicle and later identify all of the people involved in a photographic lineup. Fernandez was the first suspect arrested on June 22; more arrests were made by June 25.

Although the puppy had been a neighborhood stray, residents had been feeding her and hoping she would soon find a home.

Tragically, Remi died as a result of her injuries. Rest in peace Remi. We hope you find some justice; you never had a chance to run in the rain, be a friend to a child or live your life to the fullest.

(Photos of three-month-old puppy via Southwest Hills Vet Clinic)

If found guilty the men and women could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. In Texas, animal cruelty is a state jail felony.

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26 replies
  1. Elaine says:

    Fry those fucking ignorant bastards. ????????????????????????????. RIP sweet Remi, thats sooo sad poor pup. Hope they all get theirs in jail. Someone needs to take all those fuckers out.

    • Pamela D'Angio says:

      These MotherFuc*$ers need gasoline on their low life asses and ignite. These sick bastards found this to be such fun I hope somebody does this shit to them. Sick minded scumbags I hope they rot with cancer and slowly die. Any bastard that can think of rotten harm to an animal is a sick, controlling coward that I just want to beat this living fucking shit out of them nothing but a disgusting waste of subhuman. Rot and die after I pour gasoline on your fucking body and set a flame to it.

  2. Barbara Garabedian says:

    I pray they die. They are to be punished & set on fire ???? & killed poor puppy I pray for puppy in heaven god bless him. Bg

  3. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    J’espère que les condamnations seront les plus sévères et quelles seront appliquées. Pas de pitié pour les barbares, les assassins d’animaux.

  4. Flamingfeather(Beth) C. says:

    Anger and tears Remi didn’t make it. You are in a better place now sweet girl. No one is going to play that game with you ever again in being nice to you and then turning on you and being evil
    Be free now little young Angel????

  5. Cynthia Como says:

    I’m too sickened and upset by this to say a word except I hope for once they are severely punished,how can the judicial system even begin to justify NOT bringing the hammer down full force on these killers! RIP REMI UR LIFE WAS PRECIOUS AND UR LIFE MATTERED!

  6. Adrienne says:

    Before their sentencing date in court, light them on fire and see if they can put it out. Then if any are alive, they can go to court. Cruel and inhumane treatment done to this poor puppy, should be done to them.

  7. Debbie says:

    So heartbteaking. I hope someone takes these sick pieces of waste out. Slowly and painfully! Sick of this. Hope they seriously prosecute all.

  8. Barkley's Mom says:

    So why didn’t someone call and get help for the stray puppy before these monsters got a hold of it. These evil doers need to spend the 2 years in jail and pay the $10,000 fine, but will they? Most likely no.

  9. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    What do you mean “if found guilty”??? They are guilty, there was a witness and everything. They better go to Prison for a long time.

  10. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I hope they get a judge with some backbone and give them the maximum sentence. Maybe Karma will visit them in prison. We can only hope. RIP baby Remi.

  11. yvonne Polk says:

    I have an Idea Put Gas on them and Light them on FIRE. and let Them Burn In HELL to. Let The Inmates Do it to them Burn them alive.

  12. Mary Ann Clark says:

    I wish they were burnt alive otherwise there is no justice! Poor Remi must have suffered horrible pain and agomy.

  13. susispot says:

    The most they can get is 2 yrs and $10,000. Well then, they sure as hell had better get A LEAST that much. Geez! They deserve to suffer dearly.

  14. Michelle Ruscito says:

    All of them are POS useless waste of human beings. We can only hope they all goto jail on felony charges. Nothing better to do than set animals on fire? I hope they get raped daily and get the shit beat out of them regularly. RIP Remi.

  15. Nancy Raymond says:

    OK Texas it is time to prove there IS a judge in this state who will step up and convict this punk maggots for what they did to an innocent defenseless puppy – they ALL deserve to be sitting in prison for at least 5-10 years – no plea deals, mandatory time – Texas has a horrible reputation for letting animal abusers off with no punishment – they literally murdered this puppy and need to pay for it. Personally, setting THEIR useless butts on fire and watching them writher in pain would make my day.

  16. Glynda says:

    Don’t let them get off with a slap on the wrist it is way past time for animal abusers to be really punished for their crimes against living feeling breathing beings. To me animals should get the same protection from the law and courts as humans do. Prison sentence!!


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