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Dog Hung From Fence, Doused In Accelerant, Set On Fire; Punish Her Killer

Published: September 22, 2021 at 07:37 PM Author: Penny Eims

Los Angeles, California – On August 22, a seven-year-old dog named Hennessy was hung from a fence, doused with an accelerant, and set on fire. The authorities have identified 24-year-old Brandon Jerold Smith, the dog’s owner, as the killer.

Hennessy’s death was not quick, or painless. After spending two days at an animal shelter, A Purposeful Rescue took the grievously injured corgi mix under its wing. Though she received round-the-clock care from an emergency veterinarian, her widespread burns proved to be fatal.

Carrie-Lynn Neales, a volunteer with the rescue group, said, “I’ve never witnessed something that horrific.”

The rescuers who tried to save her life had dubbed the injured dog, Eponine, from the strong female character in the play, Les Miserable. They had hoped she would have the strength to recover from her severe injuries, but their hope was not enough to save her. On September 8, the rescue group vowed to fight for justice, writing:

#justiceforeponine who we now know was named Hennesy.
We will NOT stop fighting for her and other innocent animals who suffer at the hands of individuals like this.

Before Hennessy died, the rescue group explained that she had suffered burns on literally ever portion of her body. They said, “Every single part. Inside her mouth, ears, paws, stomach, back, neck, nose.” Suffice to say, this dog suffered greatly before death released her from the unimaginable pain.

Smith’s ex-girlfriend, Serena Prentice, is horrified and disgusted by what happened, but she isn’t completely surprised. She alleges that Smith was burning birds alive this summer, and posting video of the cruel acts to social media.

The heartbroken woman expressed sorrow over Smith’s act of cruelty to their pet:

“I never thought that he’d do that to her, he would hurt me, but why her?”

Brandon Jerold Smith was arrested and he is facing one felony count each for cruelty to animals and arson of property of another; we need your signature on the petition to help convince the court that this man deserves the maximum sentence for his charges. Hennessy was an innocent victim who did not deserve the cruelty which she was subjected to.

*Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.


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Update 11/3/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the next scheduled court appearance is on October 6, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at the Compton Courthouse. This is not a typo. The court date is in October 2022. At this time Animal Victory has sent 23,985 signatures and comments to DA Daniel Gerbo. Please continue to sign as we work on the case.


Dog Hung From Fence, Doused In Accelerant, Set On Fire; Punish Her Killer

24,783 signatures = 124% of goal
24,783 Cynthia Dalton Aug 07, 2022
24,782 Ana Carolina Casey Please put this horrible animal abuser in prison for ever evil monster. Aug 05, 2022
24,781 kingsley clary Jul 15, 2022
24,780Anonymous Jul 14, 2022
24,779 Lacee Mikkelsen Jul 13, 2022
24,778 Lisa Stoneham Jul 05, 2022
24,777 John Burgess Jul 05, 2022
24,776 Debbie Mccollum Jun 12, 2022
24,775 Yolanda Alvarado no creature should endure this type of treatment. Make this man an example. Not only fine but prison for more than 10 years. Jun 04, 2022
24,774 Karin Heusel Jun 02, 2022
24,773 Robert Bosch Jun 02, 2022
24,772 Vicki Mulville May 30, 2022
24,771 Carolyn Stasik To do this to a dog at the age of 24, he needs to be taught a big lesson. Torturing any living creature is inhumane and there id something severely wrong with him. He had better pay a big price for his actions. We all know that killing an animal is a sign of harming other people. He's 24, old enough to know better and to not get off with a slap on the wrist. May 30, 2022
24,770 Sara Sampkin May 29, 2022
24,769 Janice VanMarter May 29, 2022
24,768Anonymous May 23, 2022
24,767 Daniel Avichail May 22, 2022
24,766 eugene henry May 17, 2022
24,765 Melissa Ruppert May 16, 2022
24,764 Marion Friedl May 15, 2022
24,763 Heather Ramsdell May 14, 2022
24,762 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
24,761 Ulrich Spauschus May 14, 2022
24,760 B Hart May 09, 2022
24,759 Melanie Trujillo Please hold this monster accountable for what he did to this baby! May 09, 2022
24,758 Angela Dennis May 05, 2022
24,757 Andrea Stone May 04, 2022
24,756 Debra Fox Punish to fullest extent of the law, hopefully prison! May 01, 2022
24,755 Helene Lepage Apply the law of retaliation for that fagget tug Apr 27, 2022
24,754 Katherine Weesner Apr 26, 2022