27-year-old Arthur M. Vieira of Virginia Beach, Virginia has pleaded guilty to charges of felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor obstructing justice, and misdemeanor dumping a companion animal on private property after his dog was found burned to death in a wooded area back on May 29th.
He faces 5 to 7 years in prison for the crime, which he initially denied even took place.
He claimed he gave the female pit bull away. He then claimed she ran away, before eventually confessing.
His story was that the dog attacked him. In response, he says he punched her in the face, muzzled her, tied her legs with nylon rope, then punched her in the stomach. Thinking she was dead, according to Vieira, he then took her to a wooded area and set her alight.
Veterinarians performing a necropsy said the dog was alive when it was set on fire, and likely suffered for several minutes while on fire, before going in to shock and dying.
Vieira was denied bail and will remain in jail until his sentencing in January.