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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
It was a crime that outraged people across the country. A pit bull named "Louis Vuitton" after the famous designer was beaten and set on fire in 2007 by her owner's son.
Amazingly, Louis survived the attack. The man responsible, Montgomery resident Juan Daniels, was arrested, charged and convicted.
Daniels' conviction became the first felony animal cruelty case in Alabama tried under legislation known as The Gucci Law. That law was named after a dog that was tortured and nearly died in the mid 1990s.
Daniels was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. That's the longest sentence for animal cruelty ever given in Alabama. He is serving his time at Holman Prison.
Today, Louis Vuitton is thriving with new owners and is to part of a documentary named "A Dog Named Gucci".
The documentary is being produced by Gorman Bechard, an author and film producer from New Haven, Connecticut. Louis' owners say the documentary will feature their pet and several other dogs from across the country.
Other people close to the Louis case to be included in the documentary are Steven Tears, Director of the Montgomery Humane Society; Dr. Mickey Golden of Golden Animal Hospital; Dr. Holladay Strickland of Carriage Hills Animal Hospital; and District Attorney Ellen Brooks and Circuit Judge Charles Price.
When the documentary is completed, a film premier will be held in Birmingham and Mobile.