DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 60-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police say he killed his Chihuahua by leaving it in a kennel atop a hot stove.
Bradley Boley is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.
In a setback for prosecutors, the judge ruled that some evidence in the case will not be presented to the jury. But, testimony they did hear today, was full of quiet emotion.
When asked if the animal suffered, Boley’s friend, Jerrod Foote testified, “Yes, very much… more than any animal I have ever seen in my entire life.”
He wiped away tears as he told jurors about a puppy named Buddy, a 2-month-old Chihuahua.
“I told the vet that I didn’t think it was an accident because Brad had said that Buddy nipped him… and he spanked him hard and put him on the stove top,” said Foote.
Jurors watched surveillance video of Foote and the defendant rushing with the injured puppy to a veterinary clinic to get help.
According to Foote, it was soon apparent that the puppy’s injuries were too severe.
“His body temperature was so hot, he was covered in plastic… melted plastic.
Buddy was ultimately euthanized and Foote asked a neighbor to call police:
“Buddy had no voice and I wanted the truth to be known,” said Foote.
Nevertheless, at one point during Foote’s testimony, Boley called him a ‘liar’ loud enough for jurors to hear.
Judge Stephanie Mitchell dismissed the jury to scold the defendant, while warning him against further outbursts.
Meanwhile, defense attorneys successfully argued to exclude evidence seized at the scene… including the burned kennel.
The Dallas police officer investigating the case failed to provide a Miranda warning.
Prosecutors are arguing that the defendant used his stove as a deadly weapon. If jurors agree, Boley could be sentenced to as much as ten years in prison.
The trial continues at the Frank Crowley Courts Building tomorrow.
Foote said he now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his experience.
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