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Bond increased for man charged with setting woman's dog on fire

Posted June 16, 2015
Updated June 17, 2015

— A Red Springs man made his first court appearance Tuesday after authorities say he set his ex-girlfriend’s dog on fire.

James Franklin Quick, 23, who was charged with animal cruelty, sent threatening messages to the woman since they broke up, authorities said.

Quick told the judge he planned on representing himself, and in a verbal sparring match with the judge, said he did not understand why people were making "a big fuss over a dog."

Quick poured an accelerant on the dog before setting it ablaze, investigators said.

Dominique Clark told Cumberland County deputies that she let her dog, Cocoa, out to run around the yard, and a short time later, heard the dog scratching and crying at her door. When her son opened the door to let Cocoa inside, he saw the dog was on fire. Clark said she used some of her clothing to smother the flames.

Officials said Quick is in a gang and threatened to kill Clark. His bond was increased to $250,000 on Tuesday.

Clark said she is afraid he will retaliate.

"I believe the retaliation is just starting out and it is going to be thick, but it's nothing I can do about it," she said.

Animal Control officers took Cocoa, a Chihuahua mix, to a veterinary clinic on Sycamore Dairy Drive, where she was treated for burns to the body and face.

"She is not really wanting to eat on her own quite yet, but our veterinary nurses are amazing and very persuasive," said Dr. Sarah Morgan, a veterinarian at Cape Fear Animal Hospital. "With some cuddles and a little assisted feeding we are getting some nutrients in her."

Morgan said a medical supplier heard the story of Cocoa's injuries and provided the burn treatment medication for free.


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  • Angie Cox Jun 17, 2015
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    meant to say "date" someone, not do

  • Debbie Rinaldo Jun 17, 2015
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    Leave him in there.. If he does this to a dog could you imagine him around a child! Please put this baby in foster care to be sure she is given the love she needs. I wouldn't let anyone in my home that did not like my pups. Nor would I let them near them. ! This man is a beast.. NO BOND... LEAVE IN THERE AWAY FROM SOCIETY!

  • David Collins Jun 17, 2015
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    Instead of raising his bond, just not have bond at all. He does not deserve to get out.

  • Benjamin Kite Jun 17, 2015
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    Although it would be great if everyone felt as I do, that the law ought to make "a big fuss over a dog.", I understand that education and compassion are OPTIONAL. What isn't optional is that this man stand officially CORRECTED by penalty of law. Without out that, we are not safe in our homes. Good job, NC.

  • Lisa Marie Fields Jun 17, 2015
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    Officials said Quick is in a gang and threatened to kill Clark.

    Well here is the biggest factor, gangs are no good, he needs to grow up and act like an adult. For him to do this to this defenseless dog makes him a coward, but for him to think that there is nothing wrong with it make it assured that he would have done worse in the future. Kudos to the judge, I am glad to see that some of them are not worried about standing up for what is right.

  • Sean Creasy Jun 17, 2015
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    After reading this story yesterday ifit of the doubt on whether he actually set the dog on fire or maybe the dog had ran into a pile of leaves that was set on fire, but today I definitely know he set the dog on fire and furthermore he doesn't seem to understand what was wrong with that. Well buddy let's set you on fire then maybe you'll see the light!!!