Two teenagers from North Carolina broadcast horrific and graphic video setting dog on fire. The video showed one teenage girl using an aerosol can and a lighter to set the dog on fire with a caption reading: “She burnt the dog.”
Luckily, Bella got away with just singed fur. For over two months after the incident, Bella did not trust humans.
According to Tammy Graves of the Haley Graves Foundation:
“She was withdrawn and confused. She didn’t understand what had happened to her.”
Tammy used her experience to work with Bella on regaining her trust in humans and forgetting the trauma she encountered during the terrible video.
After numerous calls to the Guilford County Sherriff’s office from concerned residents demanding charges against these teens, the girls that actually shot flames at the dog is facing charges of animal cruelty.
According to Dr. Oliver, the veterinarian who treated Bella after the incident, “she could have easily been engulfed in flames.” Hair – including pet dander – is extremely flammable, so poor Bella barely escaped serious injuries following the incident.
Jessica Harman of Guilford County stated:
“Maybe she should have to work at an animal shelter taking care of other animals.”
Tim Brooks, also of Guildford County, added that the girls should receive “some kind of community service. I don’t think any jail time or anything like that.”
After Bella’s story went viral, lots of families came forward to volunteer to take her in.
After much deliberation, Tammy Graves chose a family she felt had Bella’s best interests in mind and would give her exactly what she needs: a forever home.
These stories are a reminder that animal cruelty is a huge problem.
If you ever witness animal abuse or cruelty, it’s very important that you contact your local police department immediately.