May you rest in peace and happiness, Maximus.
Brentwood Man Arrested For Setting Dog On Fire
Dog Doused With Gas, Burned & Left To Die
Former Owners Or Perpetrators Still Not Found
(CBS/AP) BRENTWOOD, N.Y. A man has been charged with cruelty after his dog was tied to a tree and set on fire.
The dog, a pit bull called Maximus by his rescuers, died last week after three surgeries. Authorities said he smelled of gasoline when he was found, severely injured, on July 12.
“He was a good dog up until the very end … giving licks and kisses,” Reed Zaroff, one of the Long Island veterinarians who tried to save him, told Newsday.
Derick Phanord, 22, of Brentwood, was arrested Monday night on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty, Suffolk County police said. Phanord also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for possessing a bludgeon, police said.
He was awaiting arraignment on Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.