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.