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Arrest made in dog burned alive in crate on Sacramento County street

Willie Bee Turner
Willie Bee Turner Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

An Oakland man has been arrested in the burning of a small dog locked in a pet crate on an Arden Arcade street last month – a crime that generated thousands in reward money from the public.

The dog was burned to death in the dog crate placed outside a fraternal lodge in the 3000 block of Becerra Way, near Watt and Marconi avenues.

Tips from the public and a joint investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire investigators led to a warrant being issued for Willie Bee Turner, 20, of Oakland.

Turner has been arrested and s being held in Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of animal cruelty. His bail is set at $35,000.

People reported what they thought was a trash fire on the street outside the fraternal lodge about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Neighbors eventually heard noise coming from the small fire on the sidewalk, a sound that in retrospect could have been the whimpering or howling of the dog.

When firefighters pulled up, they recognized that the fire was the result of a burning dog crate, not rubbish. The crate door had been shut and the dog lit on fire, according to Metro Fire Capt. Michele Eidam.

A necropsy determined that the female, mixed-breed dog was about 9 months old, small and tan-colored.

More than $17,000 was generated in a reward fund, according to Sacramento SPCA officials.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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