A 21-year-old Oakland man was convicted Thursday of burning his 8-week-old puppy alive after the dog defecated in a friend’s apartment.
Willie Bee Turner was found guilty of malicious killing of an animal, animal abuse, and two counts of arson, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
On Jan. 20, Turner took his female Chihuahua-mix puppy with him on a trip to visit a friend’s apartment in Sacramento, prosecutors said.
During the visit, Turner became enraged when the puppy defecated and it became apparent the young dog had worms, according to a new release from the DA’s office.
Turner told the animal she had “betrayed” him and began excessive discipline, the release stated.
The puppy was soon seen limping badly, and Turner was observed dousing the animal with a bleach cleanser, prosecutors said
Witnesses retrieved the puppy and placed it in a neighbor’s dog carrier.
Within moments, Turner walked off with the puppy in the carrier. He walked across the street where he ignited the bedding and puppy in the carrier, the release stated.
Testimony from a county veterinarian the puppy was burned alive while trapped inside the dog carrier.
Turner faces a sentence of four years in prison when he is sentenced on April 15.