“He may have wanted this little pup to go to heaven, the psycho ..but please God…I hope there is a hell for people like this!”

Man arrested on animal cruelty charges, was wanted on two warrants

GEORGE COUNTY May 23– A Lucedale man arrested on a charge of animal cruelty Tuesday is accused of dousing his 5-year-old Chihuahua mix in a flammable liquid and setting it on fire, George County Sheriff Dean Howell said.

The dog, namedSocks,” died of massive burns to the body Thursday at George County Animal Hospital.

“Brandon Pierce – Peice of shit, I would like to do same to him”

Arrested on a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty was Brandon Pierce, 20. Authorities, however, said they hope to upgrade the charge against Pierce to a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty as early as today.

Deputies said the dog was on fire when they responded to a 911 call for help at the home on Greenwood Road, where Pierce lives with his family. The caller said Pierce was “going crazy on meth.”

When deputies got to the scene, Howell said, Pierce was acting “erratically” and saying he “wanted the dog to go to heaven.”

R.I.P Socks died after being set on fire. Picture courtesy of :-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/brandon-pierce-dog-set-on-fire-help-go-to-heaven_n_3331400.html?utm_hp_ref=crime

Pierce was taken to George County Regional Hospital initially, then released to the custody of the sheriff’s office. At the time of his arrest, he was also wanted on two warrants for failure to appear in court.

After word spread about the incident, George County sheriff’s spokeswoman, Shonna Pierce, said the Sheriff’s Department was flooded with calls from people wanting to pay the bill for the dog’s emergency care.

“It is awful,” said Shonna Pierce, who is not related to Brandon Pierce. “Just awful. If you are going to have pets in George County, you have to be responsible for them. If you are not going to be responsible, you are going to be held accountable.”

After the arrest, Brandon Pierce was taken to the George County jail, where he remained Thursday.

Misdemeanor animal cruelty falls under the Mississippi Dog and Cat Pet Protection Law in the state.

The crime is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or six months in Jail.

Pierce has had previous charges of animal cruelty. Before the death of Socks, Pierce had been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. Mississippi animal cruelty laws, however state that a second offense of aggravated cruelty is punishable by one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Rest in peace little Socks. We hope the person responsible for your horror and death is punished with the maximum sentence allowable by law.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/lucedale-man-on-meth-douses-dog-with-flammable-liquid-and-sets-pup-on-fire