Man sentenced to 4 years for setting brother’s dog on fire

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia man has been sentenced to four years in prison for setting his brother’s dog on fire while the pet was inside a dog house in suburban Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports a Cobb County jury convicted 23-year-old Caleb Lanier of felony animal cruelty and another charge for intentionally burning the female pit dog. He was sentenced Thursday.

Prosecutors said Lanier used a torch to attack his brother’s dog before sealing it in a dog house and setting it on fire in May 2015. Veterinarian Regan Burford, who first treated the animal, testified in court about the abuse and torture the dog endured.

Burford eventually adopted the dog and nursed it to recovery.

Prosecutors wanted Lanier jailed for eight years, but the judge cut that in half, sending him to prison for four years.

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