The Tucson Police Department arrested a woman after she set the family dog and the house on fire.
Dean Sherield Finley, 39, has been booked into Pima County Jail for multiple felony charges — animal cruelty, arson of occupied structure and criminal damage.
According to a report by a local news channel, The dog, Lovely, faced severe damage because of the fire and had a 50/50 chance of survival, but now the dog is pronounced dead by the Pima Animal Care Center where the canine was being taken care of. On Sunday, Care Center announced that Lovely went into a Cardiac arrest and could not survive the strike despite the vet’s best efforts to save her. PACC was grateful for all the support and donations from the community during the treatment for lovely.
The brutal incident took place on May 7 around noon when the neighbors noticed smoke and fire coming out of a home in the 6900 block of East Vernice Street. The Tucson Fire Department and the Operations Divison East immediately responded to the calls. The Fire Fighters were able to keep the flames to the exterior of the home, it took the crew of 21 Firemen 13 minutes and 10 units to take control of the fire.
Investigators and the Detectives came to know that Finley had purchased 2 gallons of gas earlier that morning to her home. According to the police, a family member noticed that the dog appeared to be wet and as soon as she picked the dog up Finley set the dog on fire.
She then set fire to the southeast corner of the home, causing damage to the storage/laundry room. The family member managed to put the dog out.
The dog survived the fire attack but was severely injured, the post read, “Our hearts are breaking. Lovely went into cardiac arrest this morning and despite the vets’ best efforts, they were unable to save her life. We are only comforted by the fact that she died knowing she was loved, not just by all of us but by the thousands of people who sent in donations, messages of love and support and who were rooting for our sweet girl. There are no words to describe how we all feel today or how humbled and grateful we are to our community who showed an unbelievable amount of love and care for this little dog.”