Owner Charged After Dog Dies From Burn Injuries

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A Lakewood woman accused of tying up her dog and setting him on top of a burning telephone book on a lit stove burner was formally charged Thursday with two felonies, hours after the dog died.

Tanya Martin, woman accused for binding her dog and setting it upon a burning telephone book

Golden, Colo. (AP) A Lakewood woman accused of tying up her dog and setting him on top of a burning telephone book on a lit stove burner was formally charged Thursday with two felonies, hours after the dog died.

Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey charged 38-year-old Tanya Martin with fourth-degree arson and aggravated animal cruelty.

Police arrested Martin on Sunday. An arrest affidavit indicates a neighbor who went inside Martin's apartment to investigate smoke coming from the unit heard the 6-year-old yorkshire terrier named Bobo crying and saw him on fire.

The dog was taken to Wheat Ridge animal hospital for treatment, but died about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Martin is jailed on $10,000 bond.

Her uncle, Leo Cordova, says she suffers from mental illness.

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