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Man charged with setting woman's dog on fire

Posted June 15, 2015
Updated March 18

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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 Red Springs man was charged Monday with setting a woman's dog on fire, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said James Franklin Quick, 23, dated the dog's owner and, since the two broke up, had sent her threatening messages.

Quick was already in custody Sunday night, arrested on charges of outstanding warrants for possession of firearm by a felon and discharging a weapon within city limits, when the report came in about the burned dog.

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

Dominique Clark told 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, and Clark used some of her clothing to smother the flames.

"I have leaves in my backyard and I kind of heard her when she rushed into the leaves trying to put herself out," Clark said. "And she was screaming and hollering."

Clark told WRAL News that she and Quick never dated.

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's in good spirits," said Dr. Sarah Morgan, a veterinarian at Cape Fear Animal Hospital who treated Cocoa. "She's resting comfortably. She's had some pain medication. We're rehydrating her right now. She's got some antibiotics on board for secondary infection. And she's already stolen the hearts of everyone here."

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  • Karen Orndorff Jun 17, 2015
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    What a selfish person, poor dog, I hope she heals quickly, my question is what did the dog do to him?

  • Jeffrey Sawyer Jun 16, 2015
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    What a sweet Dog;That is one sadistic dick; light him on fire and see how he likes it.

  • Janet Scott Jun 16, 2015
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    Disgusting. Sean...the dog just happened to have accelerant all over it...seriously...
    I am hopeful that the feds will prosecute him because he'll get nothing for injuring this sweet pup. Throw the book at him.

  • Christopher Andrews Jun 16, 2015
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    Like the way you think!

  • Christopher Andrews Jun 16, 2015
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    What a sorry piece of garbage......I pray that he dies a very painful death.

  • Frank Rizzo Jun 16, 2015
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    ehhhhh. i'm morally superior to all of you. ehhhh. i love people and he just needs to be loved.

    fyi, that was all written in my best mocking typing possible. grow up lady. violence does solve problems and a violent end to this guy would probably cut the crime rates 1/2 a percentage point in his area. sometimes some bigger, meaner and possessing a bigger stick needs to come along and squash the living, breathing, walking and talking monsters living in this world. just because some see that and you don't doesn't make you morally superior or them less "good". it just makes you naive

  • Marcy Lyn Jun 16, 2015
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    Harming an animal is the first step to harming humans. Better lock him up NOW ! He is a danger to society.

  • Marcy Lyn Jun 16, 2015
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    Harming an animal is the first step to harming humans. Better lock him up NOW ! He is a danger to society.

  • Heather Brittingham Jun 16, 2015
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    "Investigators said Quick poured an accelerant on the dog before setting it ablaze."

  • Sean Creasy Jun 16, 2015
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    Hold the phone just a second... Did this guy actually set the dog on fire or did he set the pile of leaves on fire and the dog ran into them?

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