Teen Sentenced in Puppy Burning Apologizes

11:46 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - The suspect who admitted his role in the burning of "Phoenix" the Jack Russell Terrier puppy was sentenced on Friday, but he will going home.

Diondre Brown, 18, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.  He also cannot own, harbor or have custody of an animal for five years.

He apologized in court. His attorney said that it was Brown who cared for the puppy until the owner wanted it gone.

Brown has already served the time and after court he was expected to be released to the care of his grandmother.

Brown and his uncle, Adell Ziegler, 19, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

While Brown had a limited role in the burning of the puppy, Ziegler admitted that he poured lighter fluid on the Jack Russell Terrier and set it on fire last October.

The puppy suffered serious burns to more than 50 percent of its body. Phoenix has had several surgeries and skin grafts, and is expected to recover and be adopted.

Watch Claudine Ewing's report for more on Brown.

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