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Dog burned outside Cumberland County home put down

Posted June 23, 2015
Updated March 18, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: James Franklin Quick pleaded guilty to two felonies: burning personal property and cruelty to animals on Jan. 12, 2016, and was sentenced to three months in jail.  

A dog that suffered severe burns during an incident at a Cumberland County home last week was euthanized Monday night due to the severity of her injuries, according to officials at a Raleigh animal hospital.

Cocoa, a Chihuahua mix, was the victim of bad blood between her owner, Dominique Clark, and James Franklin Quick.

Clark said she let Cocoa out to play and the dog returned to the door on fire. Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office accuse Quick, 23, of Red Springs, with pouring accelerant on the dog and setting it on fire.

Quick is charged with animal cruelty. In his first court appearance last week, Quick said he did not understand why people were making "a big fuss over a dog."

Cocoa was originally treated at Cape Fear Animal Hospital before being moved late last week to Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care in Raleigh.

Cocoa received care in Raleigh over the weekend, but veterinarians said in a Facebook post Monday night that specialists at North Carolina State University said she was suffering and did not have a good prognosis for recovery.

She was euthanized late Monday at N.C. State.

"We are terribly saddened by this situation, and our hearts go out to Cocoa, her family, and all those involved in her care," the hospital posted online.

In a nod to the passionate attention that the dog's case has drawn, the hospital's post concluded: "We ask that everyone respect Cocoa's family and be considerate of their loss when commenting."


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  • Dan May Jun 24, 2015
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    Look at his rap sheet and attitude. This man's entire life has been about causing suffering and harm to others. Why would he care now? The real question is, why is he walking the streets to continue his assault on civilized society? Our justice system is failing...

  • Joanne Batjer Jun 24, 2015
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    soo sad

  • Carla Sutherland Jun 23, 2015
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    How dare this baby's life be considered any less valuable than that of a human. Set this guy on fire and let him burn for a while! This abuse is absolutely unacceptable and there should be stern consequences for such inhumane behavior. Simply put, FURIOUS!!

  • John Tavolacci Jun 23, 2015
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    I just want to thank all the people that tried to save Cocoa's life... People who do things like this do not belong in our society.

  • Tonya Price Jun 23, 2015
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    I hope he rots in where the sun does not shine.

  • Jillison Ferrell Jun 23, 2015
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    So this guy is a sociopath, apparently. It's pretty clear from his comments he has no conscience at all. Whatever the max is, throw it at him. His rap sheet is ridiculous, too. Hopefully his repeat offender history will get him locked up for a long time. But I doubt it.

  • Tanya Rose Jun 23, 2015
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    Again, it's not about race. It's about animal cruelty. Does the NAACP need to make a statement on any and every crime possibly committed by a black person to make you happy? This is a story about a poor innocent little dog. Not race. The only person making this about race is you.

  • Linda Adams Jun 23, 2015
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    This just hurts my heart that this person could be so cruel to cause so much pain and suffering to an innocent animal. Whatever his punishment, it won't be anywhere near as severe as it should be.
    And head up people, if he gets off with a slap on the wrists, we'll be hearing his name again in the news I guarantee it! I'm so sorry Ms. Clark for your loss of Cocoa.

  • Jacob Smith Jun 23, 2015
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    It is simply people that have no respect for LIFE - human, canine, or otherwise.

    RIP little Cocoa - at least Cocoa is no longer in pain.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Jun 23, 2015
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    People have no respect for Human Life.. Imagine them caring about a dog's life..
    Sadly, had this same person killed a person, he may not get this much attention.