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Man Who Burned Puppy On Stove Gets 15 Months In Prison

On Friday, 61-year-old Bradley Boley was convicted of animal cruelty for punishing his 2-month-old Chihuahua by putting him in a kennel, placing that kennel on a stove, and cooking him alive. But until the very end, the Dallas man maintained it was the caged puppy, Buddy, who turned on the deadly appliance, burning his entire body.

In February 2014, friend and neighbor Jerrod Foote heard the puppy's desperate cries and banged on Boley's door after seeing smoke through the mail slot. Foote then convinced Boley to take the charred, plastic-covered puppy to a veterinary clinic, KDFW reports.

Unfortunately, Foote was too late. A veterinarian would testify that Buddy had burns on 100 percent of his body, including fourth-degree burns, and was humanely euthanized.

"I told the vet that I didn't think it was an accident because Brad had said that Buddy nipped him," Foote said in court this week, "and he spanked him hard and put him on the stove top."

Authorities say Boley later admitted he "freakin' slammed [Buddy's] ass in there and said 'bad dog,'" but denied turning on the stove, suggesting Buddy himself must have slipped a paw through the kennel's mesh and turned on the burner.

"I don't know how else to explain it," Boley told detectives, who noted the stove was equipped safety knobs that had to be pressed before they were turned.

Boley also told police he didn't think Buddy's screams, which woke a neighbor, were serious and that he did not smell the burning kennel or dog, whose burnt hair could later be smelled throughout the veterinary clinic.

Yesterday, a jury rejected Boley's story, finding him guilty of animal cruelty and sentencing him to 15 months in prison.

"[Buddy suffered] more than any animal I have ever seen in my entire life," said Foote. "Buddy had no voice and I wanted the truth to be known."

To find out more about how to pass tougher animal protection laws, visit the ASPCA's website here.