Brianne Venneri, Washington County, Pennsylvania woman burns disabled boyfriend’s English bulldog puppy with blowtorch.
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of severely burning her disabled boyfriend’s 10-month-old English bulldog puppy with a blowtorch, according to police.
Jamie Wade, who had suffered a brain injury and received his beloved ‘Spunky’ as a therapy dog, came home Monday to find the animal in distress and covered in burns, WTAE reported.
According to court documents, Wade smelled burnt hair when he returned home and noticed burn marks on the dog’s underside. When Wade confronted his live in girlfriend, Brianne Nicole Venneri, 23, she left the home with the blow torch.
Wade’s friends rushed the dog to a veterinarian, where she was placed in an oxygen tank.
Venneri was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday and charged with felony animal cruelty and torture after she allegedly tortured the animal by burning the pup across her body — including her genital area, inside her ears, inside her mouth, and stomach.
Previous incidence of animal abuse
‘There are cigarette burns all over her body. There are cigarette burns in her mouth, in her ears,’ Wade told the news outlet.
Wade had previously reported to police that Venneri abused his puppy.
Wade’s friends have launched a GoFundMe to help cover Spunky’s medical costs after they were given a bill totaling over $9,000.
The puppy is receiving treatment at the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in West Virginia.
‘She is on oxygen, an IV, pain meds, and catheter because she has blood in the urine,’ according to a post on the fundraiser. ‘She could possibly even have to have surgery to repair her private area.’
It remained unclear why the woman so egregiously violated her boyfriend’s dog.
According to the fundraiser, Wade is no longer involved with Venneri.