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Teen Pleads Guilty to Setting Puppy on Fire

11:01 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY--  A Buffalo teen accused of setting fire to a puppy has admitted to his role in the crime.

Adell Ziegler, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to Aggravated Cruelty to Animals.

Ziegler admitted that he poured lighter fluid on a Jack Russell Terrier puppy that was set on fire last October.  The puppy, named Phoenix, suffered serious burns to more than 50% of his body.

"Because of the efforts of veterinary professionals like Dr. Wagner, the life of a helpless puppy was saved. Because of the efforts of law enforcement professionals like Ms. St. Mary, a demented and remorseless animal abuser was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,"  says Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita in a statement.

Ziegler could face up to two years in prison when he is sentenced in June.

Ziegler's accomplice, Diondre Brown, 17, also pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty.

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