Sacramento woman sentenced to 7 years for setting dog on fire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento County woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for setting her sister’s dog aflame with a butane torch last year.

Petra Gabriel was handed down the seven-year term by Judge Patrick Marlette. She pled guilty in April to felony animal cruelty with a weapon and admitted to a prior strike robbery conviction in 2007, which also involved the use of a flammable substance.

In July 2020, Deputy District Attorney Monica Robinson said, Gabriel’s dog got into a fight with her sister’s dog named Doody. After the women separated the two dogs, Gabriel doused Doody with accelerant and burned him with a butane torch, engulfing his head and body in flames.

After being treated for his burns by Sacramento County Animal Control and UC Davis veterinarians, Doody survived. He now lives in a specialized medical foster home, where he wears a t-shirt at all times due to the extensive burns on his body.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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