A Dallas man received a 15-month prison sentence for burning a 2½-month-old Chihuahua puppy named Buddy on a stove. Suffering from fourth-degree burns, the pup was put to sleep due to his extensive wounds.
Bradley Boley took the puppy, put him in a kennel, then placed the kennel atop his stove as punishment for biting his wrist. Boley claimed his old stove didn’t work. But according to The Dallas Morning News, Buddy suffered horrific injuries — sustaining burns on 100 percent of its tiny body.
The dog was discovered by a neighbor who reportedly heard its cries of pain and came over to make sure everything was OK. By the time Boley took the dog to a vet, Buddy reportedly had burnt plastic melted onto his face, nose, legs, and ears, and a vet worker said the entire clinic filled with the scent of burnt plastic.
According to WFAA-TV, in court the 61-year-old man said the dog must have figured out how to turn the oven on with its paw while restrained in the kennel.
“Are you telling me this man could not smell plastic and hair and flesh burning? He wants you to believe he heard nothing, he smelled nothing?” Assistant District Attorney Felicia Kerney also said: “Really? Buddy reached his paw through the cage and turned the stove on? He should have been making money off of Buddy if he was able to do that.”
Boley’s brother claimed he was a “starving artist” who supposedly “loved” animals. Boley supposedly suffered from depression, and one of his attorneys reportedly said he was on suicide watch “because he didn’t want to be labeled a puppy killer.”
The 10-person jury deliberated for seven hours before reaching a “guilty” verdict. Though he was sentenced to 15 months behind bars, Boley will get credit for the year he’s already served in jail.