A Los Angeles man has been charged with allegedly setting his dog on fire.
Video footage appeared to show Brandon Smith, 24, taking his 7-year-old corgi named Hennessy, to a Los Angeles park on 22 August. After momentarily disappearing from the footage, there is a burst of flames, and Mr Smith is seen walking back from the park, without the dog.
Hennessy suffered from burns and swelling all over her body and was recovering at a shelter before being taken to a hospital.
“I’ve never witnessed something that horrific,” Carrie-Lynn Neales, of the animal rescue group A Purposeful Rescue, told KNBC.
“On Thursday I went to see her at our vet, and that’s when I saw the extent of the trauma and the abuse,” Ms Neales said. “It’s something I’ll never unsee and it was pretty horrific.”
The dog died from its injuries a few days later.
Mr Smith was charged with a felony for animal cruelty and arson. It is not known whether he has entered a plea or has a lawyer.
“One of the most important responsibilities of my office is to protect the most vulnerable that includes our pets,” George Gascón, Los Angeles County district attorney, said in a statement.
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