A Florida man has been arrested after he doused his dog in gasoline and set the poor pup on fire.
Police have charged 21-year-old Devron Quarterman with animal cruelty after his own mother called the police on Sunday to report that he had burned his dog.
According to the mother, she was in the kitchen cooking when she heard the dog’s cries from outside. She ran out to discover the poor dog rolling in the dirt in pain while still tied to his chain. When she tried to touch the dog, the fur fell off. She says it smelled like gasoline and burning.
She told police that Quarterman was the only one who was with the dog and police found a lighter in his pocket and a gasoline container in front of the home.
The dog, a one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix named Zero, is recovering and is expected to be okay.
Dr. Jennifer Ferrin at the Miramar Animal Hospital says “I think it’s absolutely horrendous – unexplainable how somebody could light an animal on fire.”
Quarterman has been charged with a third-degree felony. Dr. Greg Stacy says “a lot of times these sorts of things would only incur a misdemeanor charge but certainly a felony charge will carry more weight. I think it’s more of a call to everybody how seriously we take animal abuse and animal neglect.”
“A lot of this stems from some people just never being properly educated on how to take care of animals, that animals really are no different than we are, as far as emotions that they have, pain that they feel, certainly, so again, I think that’s something everybody needs to look at,” Stacy adds.