Tennessee man accused of beating dog and setting it on fire

A Tennessee man has been accused of beating a dog and then dousing it with gasoline and setting it on fire. Cody Shay Townsend, 29, was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, aggravated burglary and trespassing.

According to WtopNews, Townsend had been burning stumps in a yard when the stray dog wandered over to him. Benton County Sheriff Ken Christopher stated the dog then confronted him as he tried to break into a home; that’s when Townsend began beating the dog with a hammer and a baseball bat. He then pushed the dog under the stump, poured gasoline on it and set the pup on fire.

The dog survived the attack  and was taken to a veterinarian but may lose his eye. He also suffered from burns all over his body.

Townsend’s bond has been set at $25,000, and he is currently being held at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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3 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF FIRE WHERE THIS EVIL LUNATIC IS GOING!
    IT IS AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE THE INNOCENT DEFENSELESS DOG
    SURViVED!

    PLEASE post how the dog is doing and where donations can be made for the veterinary care!

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  2. Larry says:

    $25,000 bond, are you kidding me? How about $250,000. This SOB deserves to rot in jail until his teeth fall out from old age. Scum like him don’t deserve to walk the earth. We can only hope the courts will give this low-life the maximum punishment, and even that will not be half enough.

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  3. Pennysdachshunds says:

    THIS if ONE of TENNESSEE’s Drug Addicted “Citizen’s” out “Working” and breaking into homes for monies, items to hock, for drugs… This was a harmless pup he attempted to murder, what if it had been an elder of the home or a small child!!! Don’t think for a minute that HE won’t do the same thing to them… This Criminal Minded PSYCHOPATH Needs to NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY!!!

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