BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two teenagers accused in the burning of a Jack Russell Terrier puppy were in court Wednesday. One teenager admitted to his role in the abuse, the other teen was indicted by an Erie County Grand Jury.
The District Attorney's Office says 17-year-old Diondre Brown, aka "Drizzy," pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals. This is the highest charge he could have been convicted of, had he gone to trial. Brown says he acted as a look out for 19-year-old Adell Ziegler.
Ziegler was indicted by an Erie County Grand Jury, Wednesday for aggravated cruelty to animals. He allegedly poured lighter fluid on "Phoenix," the dog who has captured the hearts of western New Yorkers. Ziegler, aka "Zooka," allegedly set Phoenix on fire. The puppy suffered serious physical injuries, including third degree burns to over 50 percent of his body.
PHOTO GALLERY | See pictures of a playful Phoenix here
Ziegler faces a maximum prison sentence of two years, if convicted as charged.
Tuesday, News 4 got an update on Phoenix's condition and he was improving and even feeling playful.
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