Montgomery Suspect in Dog Torturing Caught in Tuscaloosa

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - U.S. Marshals have arrested a 20-year-old Montgomery man accused of torturing his mother's pit bull when she wouldn't let him use the family car.

Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall said Juan Daniels was taken into custody Tuesday in Tuscaloosa and will be returned to Montgomery to face felony animal cruelty charges.

Daniels is accused of tying the dog to a post, beating it with a shovel, soaking it with lighter fluid and setting the canine on fire September 7th.

The dog, burned over 60 percent of its body, survived and drew widespread concern and help with vet bills after photos of it were posted on the Internet.

Workers at the Montgomery Humane Society shelter nicknamed the dog "Louis Vuitton" in recognition of a Mobile dog nicknamed "Gucci" after it survived being set afire in 1994. The Mobile case led to passage of Alabama's "Gucci Law," which made it a felony to torture a dog or cat.

Humane Society workers said Louis Vitton appears in good spirits despite pain and wags his tail for visitors.

Under Alabama law, an animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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