Simply over three weeks after a community watched in scary as a dog diminished the street engulfed in fires, a man is behind bars and billed for the dreadful crime.
Memphis Police said that 43-year-old Quishon Brown was arrested Tuesday, July 12 and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, setting fire to personal property and simple assault.
On June 20, Good Samaritans jumped into activity to rescue the canine they saw running down the street in Nutbush. Disturbing video from that day reveals a ball of fire running down the street, the dog crying out loudly in the process.
Rescuers at Tails of Hope Canine Rescue required to calling the dog Riona and said that an accelerant was used to set the dog on fire, leading Riona to suffer 4th-degree burns which covered about 60 percent of her body.
” I am super happy that they were able to arrest somebody I wish that we had harsher animal cruelty laws right here,” said Mallory McLemore, a vet with Bluff City Veterinary Specialist and with Tails of Hope Rescue.
Memphis Cops claimed that video surveillance showed a man in the yard of a home on Berkshire just 36 seconds before the canine ran away that home and removed running down Hood Road.
On July 11, around 8:30 p.m., policemans were called to that location and were told that the man in charge of setting fire to the dog was speaking to other people and claiming that he was going to burn down the house of whoever gave that video to police and news stations.
On Tuesday, officers arrested Brown and billed him with setting the canine on fire, police said.
Amazingly, the canine, whose real name is Queen according to police, is expected to make a complete healing.
“She should make a full healing. As long as she does well with the anesthesia, she will possibly have a 3 to four-month recovery from here. We will certainly just need to organize the surgeries and have a three-week recovery for each one,” Mclemore said.
Tails of Hope Canine Rescue has actually been posting frequent updates on the dog’s condition and at one point there was a $20,000 benefit for information leading to the arrest of whoever set the dog on fire.
While Brown now goes through the court system, Riona remains to get support from around the country.
” We have a lot of them from California and from Montana and Michigan and it’s great to see just how her story has actually touched people all over the world,” Mclemore said.