Man Gets Maximum Sentence After Adopting Dog Off Craigslist, Burning Her Alive

Life or Lunch?

She was never given a fair shot at life, but this week, a pit bull named Lucky may have finally gotten justice.

On Wednesday, the Virginia man who adopted Lucky off Craigslist, bound her limbs and burned her to death, was sentenced to five years in prison for animal cruelty, the maximum penalty allowable by law.

“I can’t let emotions have any effect on my ruling, but I have to consider the degree of viciousness,” said Judge Steven Frucci at the sentencing of 27-year-old Arthur M. Vieira. “The degree of anger he had to get to to do something like this – I can’t wrap my head around it.”

In May, Lucky’s charred remains were found alongside nylon rope, a can of lighter fluid and a muzzle by firefighters responding to a brush fire. Using a microchip recovered from her body, investigators were then led to Vieira, who admitted to…

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