Marion County prosecutors allege that 37-year-old Joel Clark placed his friends' miniature Pinscher in an oven this past May, causing the dog's death. Fox 59 reported that Clark was living with Christine Kelley, and her boyfriend, Richard Smith; Clark had recently been released from prison and was on house arrest.
Clark allegedly admitted to Smith that he had killed the little dog, named "Zane," and hinted that he would kill the couple's other dog as well, allegedly telling Smith, “I can take care of that dog, too."
Zane's singed body was found in the bottom of a trash can on May 18 - two days after he was last seen. Kelley later found a pizza pan in her home's oven with what appeared to be Zane's fur, as well as one of his toenails.
A necropsy was performed on the dog's body; a veterinarian determined that Zane died from “thermal pulmonary injury leading to pulmonary edema," which had resulted from inhaling smoke. An animal cruelty investigator also noted that Zane's body had signs of being burned on his body, including burnt whiskers and paw pads, as well as blood on his mouth and snout.
Clark is facing felony charges for killing the dog and for violating his home detention.
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