Man Who Burned His Dog Alive Gets Maximum Sentence For Animal Torture !!!

**Editor’s Note: These are the posts we hate to write. We wish that cases this brutal and tragic didn’t exist. But as long as these horrific crimes continue to be perpetrated against animals, it is our responsibility to report on them. Some readers may find the details of this case too disturbing.

A 27-year-old man was sentenced this week for the vicious killing of his dog, Lucky. Arthur Viera addressed the court and said he doesn’t know why he acted out so brutally.

I just want to say I’m sorry. I can’t explain what I did. I’m so ashamed of what I did.

Lucky’s body was discovered by firefighters when a microchip leading back to Lucky’s previous owner was located during a necropsy examination.


The woman had rehomed Lucky to Viera through a Craigslist ad. When questioned, Viera repeatedly lied to police saying he had given Lucky away through Craigslist and that she had run away.

Viera’s last version of events stated that Lucky had been aggressive and he had hit her repeatedly to protect himself.

He said he believed her to be dead when he ignited her body in a wooded area of Virginia Beach.