California couple accused of burning dog to death with scalding hot water


SAN MATEO, Calif. — A California couple is facing animal abuse charges after they allegedly scalded their dog and waited a week before taking it to the veterinary clinic.

Shelby Lujan and her boyfriend Paul Souter told police that they accidentally spilled a cup of hot water into the dog’s crate, which led to third-degree burns on 40% of the animal’s body. The dog, named Sprocket, died shortly after Lujan brought him to the clinic on May 1.

The East Bay Times reports a forensic veterinarian said during the investigation that the injuries looked intentional and believes the dog was placed into the scalding hot liquid.

“After the scalding, the poor dog endured days of horrendous suffering,” said Ken White, president of Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. “We hope our investigation will provide the evidence needed to bring Sprocket justice, and ensure that his owners are unable to hurt any other animals.”

The couple has been charged with felony animal abuse.