"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.