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News of Doom: Fla. woman charged with setting puppy on fire

Deputies: Woman Set Puppy On Fire:

Reason to Blow Up the World

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A Central Florida woman has been arrested and charged with setting afire a 4-month-old puppy that later had to be put down, deputies said.

Osceola County sheriff’s deputies arrived at a home Tuesday afternoon after the homeowner said his son called and told him the homeowner’s girlfriend might have set their puppy, Haze, on fire.

Deputies said the puppy had burns on his paws, stomach, ears and face. The puppy was taken to an animal hospital for treatment, where it had to be euthanized because of its injuries, Osceola County officials said.

The homeowner said his girlfriend, Rachelee Soto, told him she was going to burn the puppy and the house because she was angry with him.

Soto, 31, told deputies the incident was an accident. She said she was smoking in the garage and there might have been motor oil on the ground, which could have sparked a fire.

Deputies said they did not locate any cigarettes.

More on the denial

“I didn’t burn my dog,” said Soto. “I didn’t burn my dog. What happened? I came in here and smoked a cigarette over there by my chair, and when I threw this became inflamed. I saw my dog. I took the Gatorade and I extinguished it.”

Soto has been taken to a mental facility after she bonded out of jail.

What’s up with Florida and animal abuse lately besides the fact that it’s Florida? Not to mention that going after someone’s pet should be one of those universal unwritten laws but since people don’t seem to care about the written ones that seems pointless.

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  • Phoebe Kushner

    This woman should be sentenced to the maximum punishment florida law allows!!