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In Defense of Animals announced that justice has finally be served for a puppy that was lit on fire in a Columbus city park in 2020. Ra’shae Syrtaj Jermaine Johnson pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty for the act.

Johnson set fire to a crate that had Korra, a puppy, inside. Columbus firefighters reported to a fire call and found a small area of plastic burning under a tree. They soon spotted Korra, who had plastic melted on her back. She was taken to a local veterinarian and treated for her burns.

“Some criminal acts of animal cruelty are embroiled in mental illness or substance abuse, but a person who consciously confines his own puppy and sets her on fire is a menace to society and must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Doll Stanley, In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign director. “We are grateful to Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Cory Helffrich for his work to get justice for Korra and protect Franklin County. This conviction will deter potential abusers from committing acts of such heinous acts of violence.”

Korra has since been adopted after treatment and healing.

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