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Virginia Beach man sentenced to five years for burning dog alive

Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 17:41:06-05

The Virginia Beach man and former Navy Sailor who pleaded guilty for burning his dog alive in 2015 was sentenced for the crime on Tuesday.

Arthur Vieira was given the maximum sentence of five years in prison plus 180 days for the additional misdemeanor charges he was facing.

Arthur Marques Vieira: One count felony Animal Cruelty, one count misdemeanor Obstructing Justice, one count misdemeanor Dumping Companion Animals on Private Property

The female pit bull's charred body was found burned to death on May 29, 2015 in a wooded area off Virginia Beach Boulevard near Birdneck Road.

Vieira, 26, was charged with one count of felony Animal Cruelty, one count of misdemeanor Obstructing Justice and one count of misdemeanor Dumping Companion Animals on Private Property.  

He pleaded guilty to burning the dog in November.

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