A 22-year-old California man will be spending years in prison for a heinous act of animal cruelty which left a dog dead. According to CBS San Francisco, Devonte Sirwet was sentenced to six years in prison for the felony animal cruelty charge resulting from his crime of stealing and then burning a dog named Kato.
The horrific crime
In March 2018, Sirwet, who had months earlier been kicked out of his mother’s house, broke into his family’s home and stole the pet dog – he proceeded to douse Kato in accelerant and then lit him on fire. Officers with the Soledad Police Department arrived to the scene after a witness reported hearing a dog screaming – by the time they arrived, Kato had suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. The injuries were so severe that he had to be humanely euthanized to end his suffering.
SPCA for Monterey County spokeswoman Beth Brookhouser stated:
“The pain and terror this poor dog endured must have been unimaginable. No living being should ever suffer like that.”