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Friday, February 20, 2015

Oakland Man Arrested For Burning Puppy Dog In Cage

Oakland man accused of torturing dog in Sacramento

Suspect Dog Burner Willie Turner (Feb. 20, 2015)
Photo Credit: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sacramento police have arrested an Oakland man on suspicion of torture in the burning death of a dog found inside a cage carrier in North Sacramento.

The incident happened in the morning hours of Jan. 22 when Sacramento Metro firefighters found debris in the front of the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge along Becerra Way.

Within the small fire, they discovered the remains of a small plastic dog carrier and the remains of a small puppy inside.

Sacramento Metro Fire contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and began a joint investigation, which led to a warrant and arrest of an Oakland man identified as Willie Turner, 20.

With the help through an arson tip line, donations, animal groups and the Sacramento SPCA, authorities developed a lead in the case.

Authorities said that the dog was about 8-9 months old at the time of death. It was a small, tan-colored, mixed-breed female dog. She was burned alive.

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Oakland man accused of torturing dog in Sacramento
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