On Sunday, October 11, firefighters responded to a small fire in Walnut Hill Park on Columbus’ east side. When they arrived, they found the fire was a burning plastic dog crate.
After the fire was extinguished, firefighters noticed a small puppy running around the area. They approached the puppy and noticed she had suffered burns to her face and paws and had black melted plastic on her back and top of her head.
Firefighters transported her to Diley Hill Animal Emergency Center for treatment.
On October 14, investigators asked the public for assistance in identifying the dog and owner. The division received many calls with tips and many more from people offering money for the treatment costs and/or reward money for information.
On Thursday, investigators learned who the puppy was last seen in the custody of Ra’shae Syrtaj Jermaine Johnson. Johnson was picked up for questioning and eventually confessed to setting fire to a crate while the dog was locked inside.
Johnson is being charged with “Provisions Concerning Companion Animals,” a 5th degree felony.
The puppy was adopted by an employee of the hospital and is recovering well.
- Aerial spray taking place in BR on Thursday after discovery of mosquitoes with West Nile virus
- Police in Louisiana arrest man with 170 bags of marijuana seeds, growing equipment
- President Trump releases full CBS ’60 Minutes’ interview ahead of air date
- West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy arrested on suspicion of DWI in Pointe Coupee over the weekend
- Though concerned with growing hospitalizations, Gov. Edwards says Louisiana currently compares ‘relatively well’ to rest of country against COVID-19