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Memphis man indicted for aggravated cruelty after setting dog on fire

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Almost two years later, the man who allegedly set an innocent miniature two-year-old Doberman Pinscher on fire in their Whitehaven, Tenn. home after having a fight with his girlfriend, was indicted on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty reported the MemphisFlyer.com.

On September 5, 2012, Brian Gillum, 31, had a domestic dispute with his long term girlfriend over car keys, and in anger picked up the miniature Doberman Pinscher named Bentley and brought the dog outdoors. Gillum then allegedly doused the dog in lighter fluid and set the defenseless animal on fire.

The dog was rushed to the veterinary hospital, but his injuries were so extensive, Bentley had to be humanely euthanized.

According to the American Humane Association, 71% of women entering protective shelters reported partners who harmed, maimed, or killed their pets.

"In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability."

Gillum has a previous record including two DUI convictions.

If found guilty, Gillum faces a maximum of six years in prison.

Rest in peace Bentley.

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