Phoenix Update: One Of The Teens Who Burned Jack Russell Terrier Pleads Guilty

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“I don’t know whether to call it victorious or not, both evil bxxxxxxs are blaming each other, it’s all contradiction…will they go to prison? Doubt it, at all…read on….”

Today is another victorious day on the road to justice for Phoenix – one of the two teens who burned the Jack Russell Terrier puppy in Buffalo has pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty.

Diondre L. Brown, 17, admitted that he acted as a lookout for Adell Zeigler, 19, while he doused the puppy in lighter fluid and set him ablaze.  He has pleaded guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convictedZeigler has also been indicted today on the same charge.

Brown could serve a two-year term in prison, but may avoid hard time altogether if he continues to cooperate.  Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III was not pleased at this prospect. “He better not get off, he must serve time for what he did to an innocent puppy;they both should be sent to prison as an example, to show others crimes like this will not be tolerated”

“People may ask ‘How come setting an animal on fire is the lowest felony?’” Sedita asked. “Anybody who engages in such behaviour, if proven in a court of law, is twisted.  And they should be appropriately punished.  My problem is I can only enforce the laws the way these laws are written.  I can’t enforce them the way I wish they were written.” “Quite clearly the laws need to be re-written, these heinous crimes should be amongst the highest felony’s!”

Prosecutors suggested Brown get youthful offender status for his “minimal” participation in the puppy-torturing. “Standing by & watching someone set fire to a puppy, is just as F-ing sick, obviously same mentality as Ziegler, if he wasn’t he would have stopped it before it began!”

“He acted as the lookout; whereas Mr. Ziegler, we believe is the principal actor,” Sedita said.  “And given his pronounced and severe psychiatric trauma he has gone through, I felt it was appropriate,” Sedita said of the youthful offender recommendation.

Brown’s attorney, Andrew C. LoTempio says his client suffers from post-traumatic stress since witnessing the brutal 2005 quadruple homicide of his mother, uncle and family friends.  But to many, this is no excuse for participating in such a heinous act.

Brown says his uncle Adell is completely responsible for what happened.

“I was telling him to stop. Why do you have to kill the dog?” Brown said in a telephone interview from the Erie County Holding Center. “Why didn’t he stop him??”

Zeigler told police that his nephew was the culprit, “Because he’s already got felony [convictions] and doesn’t want that kind of [prison] time on him,” according to Brown. “They are both blaming each other, they were both there so both should receive the same punishment”

It is still unknown who the puppy belonged to and how he came to be in the possession of Zeigler and Brown.

Phoenix is still recovering, and doing better every day.  His ears have been amputated and he has received skin grafts for the most damaged parts of his body.  He is scheduled for another skin graft Thursday.  His left hind leg is in a cast, and may need to be removed because of a bone infection.

“You can already see the behaviour change from a few weeks ago until now … He loves to be silly and play and maybe question your authorities sometimes, just like little two-year-old do,” said Rebecca Wagner, Phoenix’s primary veterinarian.  “[He] barks at other dogs, he wants to play with his toys.  He accepts a lot of attention from basically anyone who wants to give it to him.”

Many are hoping for the chance to adopt Phoenix, but for now, they will have to wait.

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Buffalo Teens Allegedly Confess to Burning Puppy

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(Video to follow) “Remember little Phoenix , did a post on him a couple of weeks ago, link at bottom. I am so happy someone snitched on these 2 little Bxxxxxd’s ! If the law doesn’t get this case right now; seeing as they already have jaded pasts… these 2 will likely grow up to be abusive thugs, rapists or murderers…so get it right…send them down for the full prison term allowed. They are sick ,lethal, sadistic, warts that you have to be rid of!”

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Buffalo teenagers were arraigned in court Wednesday morning, in connection to the burning of a 16-week-old dog named Phoenix.

Sick, Sadistic, Twisted, Evil Psycho’s

In court, 19-year-old Adell Zeigler and 17-year-old Diondre Brown, both from Buffalo, were charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Ziegler was remanded without bail Wednesday because he has a prior felony and is on parole for robberyBrown was remanded on $20,000 bail.

Prosecutors say they have strong cases against both teenagers, who they say have violent reputations.

According to NYS law, a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty.  “Aggravated cruelty” is conduct which is intended to cause extreme physical pain or is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. “Couldn’t have put it better myself, so do the right thing & send them down, NO bloody stupid probation for these 2 malicious warts”

“This is a terrible act of cruelty. One that should never happen at any time” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Police said Phoenix was found burning on Herman Street last month. Since then detectives have followed every lead. But a break in the case came over the weekend when someone called in a key tip. Authorities arrested Zeigler and Brown late Tuesday night.

“Both made admissions to what they did. They said they hung the dog about three feet in the air. They doused him with lighter fluid and we’re not sure which one set him on fire,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.” Heinous MF‘s…Nobody does this kind of thing unless they are really fxxxxd up in the head & get’s off on torturing innocent beings that can’t answer back!”

Zeigler’s mom didn’t want to comment. But Brown’s grandmother, Robin did. She said her grandson did not do the crime. She said the night of the incident he told a family member, “You won’t believe what my uncle, Adell did.“Right ok love…did you see those pigs fly over the other day too?!!”

Robin said, “He kept telling me ‘Grandma, I didn’t do it.’ He says ‘Grandma, you know I didn’t do it.'” said Robin Brown, the defendant’s grandmother. “And the next thing I know they came out and said he signed something saying he did it. So when I went back to talk to him I said ‘Why would you do that?’ I mean you said you didn’t do it.” “Sorry love your grandson is not the perfect little angel you seem to think he is!”

The men could face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison. Commissioner Derenda says police have identified the owner of the dog and have taken a statement.

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