ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — An Enterprise man is charged with cruelty to animals after authorities say he allegedly burned his own puppy.
Taurence Marshall, 35, was arrested yesterday and is being held with no bond as of now.
Detectives said the puppy had serve burns on its feet, belly, and paws. The puppy died from its injuries.
However, Marshall’s wife Trisha Hockemeyer said he is not to blame.
“He’s no animal killer, puppy killer,” Hockemeyer said. “He would do anything to try to help anybody. He’s just that type of person, and I hate that they are trying to make it seem like he’s some type of cruel person.”
According to Hockemeyer, the puppy was only four-weeks-old and managed to escape from the shed. She and her husband were doing yard work, and as he walked away from the fire, he noticed the dog was in the fire.
“I had it in the shed over there, and I guess he had got out, and my husband was stirring up the leaves, and he walked away,” she said.
Friends and family described Marshall as a good person despite his run-ins with the law.
“I’ve been knowing with him a long time”, James Hudso said. “I never had any problems out of him. He always been a good person to me.”
Court records, however, show an extensive criminal record, with some of the crimes being violent.
In 2014, Marshall pleaded guilty to robbing an Inland gas station in Enterprise, which got him a 60-month sentence with the Department of Corrections that was suspended for three years of supervised release.
In 2017, this probation was revoked after two arrests in 2017, one for Marshall assaulting a person with a Mistubishi Galant and another for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Marshall pleaded guilty to the assault charge and got a year in prison that was to run concurrently with his other sentences, but the court credited him for the 354 days he spent in jail waiting for the trial.
Detectives arrested and charged Marshall Monday at 4:00 p.m., booking him into the Dale County Jail for first-degree cruelty to animals.