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Sign: Man Intentionally Burned Small Dog, Leaving Her With Excruciating Wounds

Published: March 07, 2024 at 07:16 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

Nixon, TX – In late February, a grievously injured little dog wandered onto the porch of a resident in Nixon. The dog,  Phoenix, smelled like a “fire pit” and had wounds covering her entire body – someone had intentionally burned her.

4 Little Paws Rescue took the burned dog under its wing and with the support of the community, a proficient veterinary team, and generous donors, Phoenix, has beaten the odds and is still alive and fighting to recover from her widespread, excruciating burn wounds.

On February 27, the Nixon Police Department issued a press release announcing the arrest of 28-year-old Michael Villanueva.

It is impossible to understand how someone can do something THIS depraved and cruel to an innocent dog. But Michael Villanueva did – he intentionally caused this dog unimaginable pain. 

This was a vicious, evil, act of violence and Phoenix deserves justice. Please add your name to the petition today if you want to see this monster behind bars for as long as possible!

We the undersigned demand that Michael Villanueva, if found guilty, face the maximum sentence for his charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for this individual to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for intentionally setting Phoenix, aka Cutie, on fire and causing her immeasurable pain and suffering. 

Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


News 4 San Antonio

Update 4/242024:Michael Villanueva is currently being held in jail. He has not yet been indicted on the felony animal cruelty case of setting Phoenix (now known as “cutie”) on fire. In 2014, Villanueva was charged with sexual assault and was arrested and is currently jail for violating his probation – which was failure to comply and register as a sex offender. The Grand Jury meets once a month,  Cutie has now undergone 40 skin grafts.

Updated 4/8/2024: Animal Victory sent petition to the attorney and judge. 

Updated 3/19/2024: This case has gone to the Gonzales County Attorney’s office for review. At this time, they were unable to provide Animal Victory with information. We will  be following up in a few weeks.

Man Intentionally Burned Small Dog, Leaving Her With Excruciating Wounds

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19,199 Nanci C. He had a court date recently. Does anyone know what punishment he received from setting a dog on fire? 0 Jun 15, 2024
19,198 F T. 0 Jun 15, 2024
19,197Anonymous 0 Jun 15, 2024
19,196Anonymous 0 Jun 15, 2024
19,195 Tiffany S. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,194 Tammy S. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,193 Stephanie S. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,192 Jen S. That is incorrect in your update about her name. She is now known as Phoenix. "Cutie' was her original name prior to being burned by that Narcissistic monster. Phoenix is now being cared for by 4 Little Paws Rescue in Connecticut. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,191 Sheila W. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,190 SHEILA E. Throw this low-life sub-human psychopath into jail and leave him there for a very long time, and ban him from ever going near animals for the rest of his miserable disgustingly vile life. Next time it could be a child. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,189 Melissa R. 0 Jun 14, 2024
19,188 Eileen W. I am mortified and can’t imagine what would possess anyone to be cruel and especially this cruel to a defenseless animal. 0 Jun 13, 2024
19,187 SHARON H. 0 Jun 13, 2024
19,186 Yvonne L. 0 Jun 13, 2024
19,185Anonymous 0 Jun 13, 2024
19,184 roger b. 0 Jun 12, 2024
19,183Anonymous 0 Jun 12, 2024
19,182 Karen L. No excuse for any human being to set any animal on fire…after putting her in a cage so she has no escape. He’s one angry, messed up human and it’s nothing will change him. He needs to be stopped by jailing him. 0 Jun 12, 2024
19,181Anonymous 0 Jun 12, 2024
19,180 Yvonne W. 0 Jun 12, 2024