UPDATE MARCH 13, 2011 – On Friday, Fleet pleaded no contest to animal cruelty, child endangerment, and corrupting a minor charges. He faces two to seven years in prison and is barred from any contact with his children at this time. Apparently Rudy was left with only facial scarring. (Thanks, whisperwing!)
Philadelphia, PA – Tonight, there’s a puppy in the doggie hospital, John Fleet III is facing charges, and Fleet’s two young children are probably in need of some serious counseling thanks to their forced involvement in Dad’s unorthodox dog training regime, the ingredients of which are “puppy” + “rubbing alcohol” + “fire.” Even critics of Cesar Millan would say that if Millan were dead, he would be rolling over in his grave at this story. Everyone knows that the process of turning the nuclear-explosion-level energetic shit-producing machine that is puppy into a well-mannered and well-trained member of the household is a pain in the ass. There’s all that doggie doo, piss, and barf to clean up, and when God made puppies, She provided them with the horrendous combination of needles for teeth and a complete lack of bite inhibition. Further, the only way you can survive puppyhood without having some cherished belonging destroyed is if you’re dealing with a dead puppy. This week, 33-year-old Fleet almost had one of those.
Apparently, Fleet was home with his two children (age 6 and 12) and the 5-month-old puppy when the puppy did the unthinkable: he nipped at one of the kids. In an astonishing display of overkill and suck-ass parenting, Fleet made the children hold the pup while he poured alcohol on the dog’s head and set it on fire. Horrible for the pup? You fucking better believe it. Traumatic for the children? It certainly appears so, as one of the kids ratted Dad out the next morning.
I guess Fleet is only a tough guy when it comes to puppies, because when the cops and the SPCA showed up at the house Friday, he wouldn’t come to the door. Once they gained access to the home via a second-floor window, he claimed the dog’s condition was due to the pup “accidentally” knocking over rubbing alcohol and then bumbling into a lit candle (also managing to set the couch on fire). The officers called bullshit and arrested Fleet.
Rudy (as the pup has been dubbed by rescuers) is being treated at an SPCA facility. He is expected to be fine, albeit disfigured and possibly blind in one eye.Tags: Animal Cruelty