A 17-year-old is facing a serious charge after police say he set a dog on fire. Claiborne Sheriff Ken Bailey says Carzavian Willis of Homer doused a Yorkie in gasoline, causing severe burns on 80 percent of her body.
“Gasoline had been poured on the dog, and the dog had been lit. Of course the dog was rescued, and we took it to the vet’s office. There just wasn’t any way to save the dog. She had to be put down,” Bailey said.
Willis turned himself in to police Monday evening. Bailey says their investigation was complicated by finger pointing among several juveniles who may have been involved. He says they are confident about Willis’ role, but more arrests could be made as this case unfolds.
“I’m not so sure that they actually did it. They were there when it happened. My investigator was told there might have been a YouTube video of it, but I think it has been since taken down,” Bailey said.
Bailey says they’re not sure who owned the dog. Willis is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, which is a felony that carries a sentence up to 10 years. The suspect has been released on a $15,000 bond. Bailey says this teenager clearly needs to be behind bars.
“I know we have tragic things happen in this world, but setting a dog on fire, come on. Are you kidding me? If somebody will do that, there’s no telling what else they’ll do,” Bailey said.