According to the Press-Enterprise, the man suspected of causing fatal burn injuries to a puppy in Ontario, Calif., earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to the charges this week.
The accused, 21-year-old Bernardo Vasquez, is facing felony charges of arson and animal cruelty for the burning death of a five-month-old mixed breed puppy who was known as "Cheetah."
Vasquez was arrested on April 18 for the incident, which took place on April 10 in the 1100 block of La Deney Ct. A resident in the area heard the puppy's cries and witnessed the burning puppy running in the area. The resident phoned the police, who responded and discovered that the puppy had suffered severe burns over much of its body.
The grievously wounded pup was transported to veterinarians at the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA , who attempted to treat the puppy's massive burns, which covered 75 percent of her body, but the devastating injuries proved to be fatal.
A spokesperson for the humane society stated that the puppy "suffered a lot."
If Vasquez is found guilty, he could be sentenced up to three years in state prison.
Prior story about this incident here.
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