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Woman Facing Charges After Setting Two Animals On Fire

Last updated on Friday, March 19, 2010

(FRANKLIN) - A Johnson County woman accused of setting her two dogs on fire had other options. And money would have been no object.

The usual $25 "surrender" fee is waived at the Johnson County Animal Shelter in hardship cases.

36-year-old Katherine Brotherton told police that after the dogs bit her, dousing them in gasoline and setting them on fire was the most humane way she could think of to dispose of them. But the shelter also accepts aggressive animals.

Brotherton faces two counts of animal abuse, a class D felony. If convicted, she could face from six months to three years in prison on each count.

If you'd like to make a donation to help pay for the care of the two pit bulls--a six-month-old Jake and five-year-old Boomer--you can call Johnson County Animal Control at 317/736-3924 or send a check to 2610 Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131. Be sure to write "For Jake And Boomer" in the memo section.

Any excess cash will go into a fund for medical care of other animals.

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