MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was a story that made national headlines, a Montgomery man arrested for beating and setting a helpless dog on fire in September 2007.
On Monday Juan Daniels, the man who was alleged to have beaten his mother's dog before dousing it with lighter fluid and setting it on fire, admitted his guilt. The reason? He couldn't borrow the family car.
The dog was tied to a tree at the time of the attack and viciously ripped its own flesh off trying to escape the flames.
When news broke of the act, Juan Daniels fled the capital city. The vicious nature of the crime lead to an all out manhunt for Daniels who was tracked down by U.S. Marshals a short time later in the Tuscaloosa area.
Because of Daniels' confession a formal trial will be unnecessary.
He'll be sentenced for animal cruelty in the first degree and could receive up to ten years in prison.
Prosecutors say they hope he gets the maximum amount allowed. We'll get that answer when Daniels is sentenced on January 30th.
Meanwhile, the dog, named Louis Vuitton after the famous fashion designer, will have a new owner soon.
"Louis" survived the attack and underwent intensive medical treatment at the Montgomery Humane Society. The Humane Society says Louis is about 80% better after nearly 30 surgeries.
Despite its horrific ordeal, the dog remained jovial on a trip to the set of WSFA 12 News' Alabama Live! a short time after the incident.