Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
John Fleet, III, 33 set family's pup on fire, in front of his children

Philadelphia, PA


January 29, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    5-month-old pitbull mix Alleged  

Police say a Philadelphia man poured rubbing alcohol on his family’s pup and set it on fire in front of his children.

Police and animal welfare officials say 33-year-old John Fleet III was arrested Friday after his children told a school counselor about the incident. He has been charged with animal cruelty.

George Bengal of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the children reported their father became enraged Thursday night when the dog nipped at them.

Bengal says the 5-month-old pitbull mix was badly burned, with charring on its neck and ears. He says the dog might lose sight in 1 eye.

Fleet told investigators the dog was burned accidentally.

Reference:  Stevens Point Journal