Man Charged with Animal Cruelty after Lighting Dog on FIre

Man Charged with Animal Cruelty after Lighting Dog on FIre

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GEORGE CO., MS -

A dog that was lit on fire Friday night in George County, Mississippi has died according to officials.

Sheriff Dean Howell says there was an anonymous 911 call at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night to the sheriff's office concerning a man who had set his dog on fire and was, in the caller's words, "going psycho while crazy on meth" at a residence on Greenwood Road in Lucedale.

When deputies responded to the house, they found 20-year-old Brandon Pierce acting erratically.

He told deputies he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."

Deputies observed Pierce acting very much out of control, and decided to was transport him to George Regional Hospital.

He was checked,  released, and then transported to George County Regional Jail with old warrants and facing a new charge of animal cruelty.

 The dog, a small breed may have been doused with a flammable, and lit, but was still alive at the time deputies arrived. A local animal hospital, the George County Animal Clinic was willing to see the animal.

However, authorities now say the dog has died from injuries.

At the time of his arrest, Pierce was wanted on two outstanding FTA warrants and was also charged with a count of animal cruelty.

He remains in jail at this time.

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