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Dog suffers setback in recovery from burns

Posted June 18, 2015

— A dog recovering from burns will require more involved and more expensive treatment than originally thought, a veterinarian involved in the care said Thursday.

Cocoa, a Chihuahua mix, was the victim of a fight 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.

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

Cocoa was being treated at Cape Fear Animal Hospital, but the owner, Dr. Sarah Morgan, said Thursday that she recommended the dog be moved to a 24-hour care facility in Raleigh.

Morgan said Cocoa's care will ultimately cost between $8,000 and $9,000.

A medical supplier who heard Cocoa's story provided some burn treatment medication for free, and other members of the community have donated to help defray some of those costs.


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  • Pam Snyder Jun 20, 2015
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    I believe he got more than the Johnston county couple who's children tested positive for meth!!! He is definitely guilty......but the time should fit the crime!! I do NOT condone what he did in any way!!! I'm just trying to draw attention to the other story which is more detrimental to me....they are out on bond!! He's in lockup...SOMETHING DEFINITELY WRONG

  • Richard Robbins Jun 19, 2015
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    Someone should let him outside, put an accelerate on him and set him on fire. Maybe then he will see why people are making a big fuss over a dog.

  • Mike Tapler Jun 18, 2015
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    Im trying to see if we can get some funding going to give aid to this family in need. As we all generally consider our pets family. gofundme.com/u2a2ds

  • Melanie Lane Jun 18, 2015
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    He is not being honest - if he didn't think that catching the dog on fire was any big deal he wouldn't have done it. At least the story reads like he did it out of revenge, intending to hurt his ex by hurting hte dog.. he knew it was a big deal

  • Marciana Paul Jun 18, 2015
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    I really hope he learns WHAT ALL THE FUSS ABOUT A DOG IS ABOUT THE HARD WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eddie Brock Jun 18, 2015
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    I'd like to see this scumbag get some Old Testament treatment.

  • Johnny Byrd Jun 18, 2015
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    Sadly our country is being filled with men AND women raised to be just like this trash.
    No empathy for others and only interested in what pleasures themselves.

    Anyone who can do this to a helpless puppy and not understand how wrong it is will feel the same way and be just as flippant about humans.

  • Timmy Strickland Jun 18, 2015
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    well hope the Judge will give him some jail time to think about what he has done to this poor dog.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 18, 2015
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    You call yourself a man?? You are merely a coward, a small, pitiful coward that by your actions have set yourself below that of any animal. After all this, who will you blame for you being a failure in the human race. Your day will come, hopefully sooner than you think.

  • Gail Dragon Jun 18, 2015
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    We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.