CAMARILLO HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — An 18-year-old man has been arrested for animal cruelty in the fatal burning of his family’s dog.
Andrew Delgado is accused of killing his family’s 3-year-old Basset Hound named Buddy.
Delgado reportedly doused Buddy “with lighter fluid and ignited the dog in a ravine near his home” on Oct. 27, Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.
The dog later died as a result of severe burns he suffered during the incident.
“After extensive interviews with witnesses and analysis of evidence collected at the scene, investigators identified Delgado as the suspect,” Buschow said.
Delgado was arrested Thursday morning at his home in the 1000 block of Mesa Drive.
During an interview with detectives, Delgado admitted to the crime, but did not say why he lit his family’s dog on fire.
He did, however, admit that he was under the influence of drugs at the time, sheriff’s officials said.
Delgado is being held on $35,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Court on Nov. 13.