Update: Montgomery Animal Cruelty Case Receives Worldwide Attention

Juan Daniels, 20, wanted for allegedly beating and burning his dog.
Juan Daniels, 20, wanted for allegedly beating and burning his dog.

At the Montgomery Humane Society, phones rang off the hook.

After hearing about "Louis Vuitton," a dog allegedly burned by his owner, it seems everyone wanted to help.

"People [that] have been calling us have been crying on the phone.  They can't believe that this has happened and someone would do this tragic thing to a beautiful animal," said Lea Turbert of the Montgomery Humane Society.

Local authorities released the name of the suspect:  Juan Daniels, 20, who they say chained, beat, and set his dog on fire because Daniels couldn't drive the family car.

The horrific story moved quickly through the internet. Video of the aftermath surfaced on media giant Youtube.com, where the slide show of the poor pooch received well over two thousand hits.

"It just motivates us everyday.  It just gets us to keep trying," Turbert explained.

Concerned pet lovers sprang into action, calling and writing from places like Oklahoma and Virginia.  Turbert even received emails from Brazil offering help.

She calls the support "a blessing."

"[The people in] this community and all over the world are just amazing. Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy," Turbert said.

The case is far from over, deputies and Humane Society investigators actively search for Daniels, hoping they can catch him soon, and bring him to court.  If convicted, Daniels could face up to ten years in prison.

"We will prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law, and hopefully he gets everything he deserves," Turbert said.

"Louis," receiving care for his severe burns at an undisclosed vet clinic, shows signs of improvement.  He's still wagging his tail, despite the daily regimen of treatments.

Turbert tells WSFA 12 News she has received at least ten offers to take the dog in.

However, "Louis" is several months away from being in a condition where someone could adopt him as their own.

She reminds people that there are many other victims of animal cruelty at the Montgomery Humane Society that would love to have a home.

If you would like to help with "Louis'" medical bills, you can log on the Montgomery Humane Society's web site at www.montgomeryhumane.com to make a donation.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke