Greensboro, NC -- LaShawn Whitehead must spend six to eight months in prison for setting a puppy on fire. He also received four to five months of a suspended sentence for the same case.
Whitehead pleaded guilty to burning personal property and cruelty to animals Monday. In court documents, he says he "lost control" after seeing his girlfriend's puppy lick his infant son.
He admits he then took the puppy outside and used lighter fluid to set it on fire last August. He said it ran away as he tried to put out the fire.
Whitehead also pleaded guilty to unrelated recharges, increasing his prison time to as much as 26 months.
The dog, Susie, is now seven months old and has a new home with Donna Lawrence.
"I was shocked," Lawrence said of the sentencing, who watched the hearing with about two dozen other Susie supporters. Lawrence insists the punishment is not enough.
A handler brought Susie up to the judge so he could see her wounds. The flames burnt off most of her ears, as well as parts of her fur around her body.
Whitehead told the court through his lawyer he is sorry for hurting the dog.
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